Grant From Ethicon Endo-Surgery To Crownpoint Institute Of Technology Supports Nursing Assistant Program

American Indian College Fund
Sunday, 1 July 2001

ETHICON Endo-Surgery, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Johnson & Johnson, has made a grant of $5,000 to the Crownpoint Institute of Technology to support the institution's nursing assistant program for the 2001-2002 academic year.

The award will go towards scholarships to increase the number of graduates who are filling badly-needed healthcare positions in and around the Navajo Reservation.

"We would like to express our deep thanks to Ethicon for supporting a program that will benefit so many people," said Dr. James Tutt, president of CIT. "This contribution is an investment not only in Crownpoint, but also in the people of northwestern New Mexico."

Crownpoint's nursing assistant program, which usually has about 18-20 students, has a 99 percent retention rate and many of the students usually find employment prior to graduation, said Tutt.

Jim Kramer, local Ethicon plant manager, and Shelley Walker, human resources administrator, visited Crownpoint to make the presentation.

"It is our pleasure to help Crownpoint's nursing students achieve their educational goals," said Kramer. "We are proud to be a part of the school's success."

ETHICON Endo-Surgery, Inc., develops and markets a broad portfolio of advanced surgical instruments for less invasive and traditional surgery, as well as a line of safety catheters for vascular access. Its mission is to help physicians around the world transform patient care through innovation. The company's focus is on designing innovative, procedure-enabling devices for interventional diagnosis and treatment of various diseases and conditions in the areas of general surgery, breast care, oncology, thoracic, urology and gynecology.

With its credo "educating the mind and spirit," the Denver-based American Indian College Fund distributes scholarships and support to 32 tribal colleges across the country. This aid directly supported more than 5,000 students. The College Fund also supports endowments and public awareness, as well as college programs in Native cultural preservation and teacher training.

For more information, or to contact American Indian College Fund, see their website at: www.collegefund.org

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