Brief – Donations benefit health programs

Scott Richardson

City College’s Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide Program was renamed the Dorothy D. Rupe Certified Nursing Assistant and Home Health Aide Program during the Jan. 26 Board of Trustees meeting.
The resolution calls Arthur N. Rupe “a steadfast supporter” of the college, and names the programs after his late wife. Rupe has given more than $1 million to the college, and his most recent contribution was a personal donation of $500,000 to the nursing program to be spent evenly over the next five years.
“It’s going to be used to help any qualified person who would like to become a CNA or Home Health Aide,” said Nursing Professor Jane Metiu.
Metiu said that anyone who meets the qualifications would have tuition, books, uniforms, and the application fees for a state certification exam paid for by the money from Rupe’s donation.
This money could help approximately 105 students each academic year.
Certified Nursing Assistants and Home Health Aides are needed nationwide and can earn $12 to $14 an hour. Most City College students who graduate from this program hope to continue on to become registered nurses or doctors. Metiu said the donation could also help pay for marketing and advertising for the program.