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Cox College Names New President

Jul 14, 2017
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After a nationwide search, Cox College trustees have chosen one of the school’s current administrators as its new president.

Dr. Amy DeMelo has served as the college’s vice president for academic affairs since 2014.

“This is an exciting time to be involved in health care and education, and I’m looking forward to being involved in the many opportunities ahead of Cox College. We have a wonderful group of people dedicated to making a difference for our students and the community as a whole, and I’m privileged to be part of those efforts,” DeMelo said in a news release.

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Cox College says it wants to raise $6.6 million to update its facilities and expand training services at its north Springfield location.

The organization announced Friday that the renovations could eventually allow for another 25-50 nursing students each year.

According to a news release, the Cox Foundation launched the capital campaign a month ago and has already received $1.4 million from several lead donors.  

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Larry Barnard serves as an example of why Wednesday’s HOPE Connection and Veteran Stand Down event in downtown Springfield exists: To end homelessness.

A volunteer this year, Barnard was a past beneficiary of the services HOPE Connection offered, from healthcare to employment. The retired veteran moved to Springfield to be with his daughter. After she passed away, he lived on the streets for three and a half years.

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Cox College is celebrating its newest edition to assist its occupational therapy students with the opening of a new training facility.  

Cox Cottage, as it’s being called, is a roughly 900-square foot ADL (Activities of Daily Living) apartment unit inside Cox North that allow students to learn how to help patients with everyday skills such as cooking, vacuuming, eating, bathing and even sleeping.

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More students than ever before are enrolled at Cox College this spring.  According to the college's vice president of College Services Institutional Research, there are 877 student currently enrolled. That's 22 more than were enrolled during a record spring enrollment in 2015.

Dr. Jim Moore said they've seen a steady increase in enrollment for the past five years in part because of the demand for skilled workers in the healthcare industry.