“Students retain more information when working with 3D models”

Robeson 50th logoWelcome to BOOST at Robeson Community College.  Robeson Community College has been part of a six community college multi-state initiative that developed a 21st Century technology-based approach to training for the healthcare industry.  The program uses 3D simulation technology to provide hands-on training experiences to students.   BOOST = Better Occupational Outcomes through Simulation Training. 

 As part of the Trade Adjustment Assistance Act passed several years ago to help retrain dislocated workers, the BOOST grant’s objective has been to close the “skills gap” that exists between the needs of the market and the training of the workforce. Though the 3D equipment has many uses, including industrial applications, the early focus at Robeson will be on training students to fill much needed medical positions in the area.

BOOST selected 48 students each semester to take part in a structured learning community.  The program uses high-tech simulators and virtual reality to train students with no previous healthcare experience. Using this technology and integrated coursework, students can earn one of a variety of credentials within two semesters. 

Note - this grant is completed and is now over.  The technology and programs remain, however.


Register for a program

Individuals interested in using the technology obtained through BOOST must first apply to Robeson Community College for admissions.  The form is here on the website on every page, called Register Now.  Should you have any questions about the form, support provided or any other questions, please contact Patricia Locklear.


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Latest from BOOST

Gloria Barnwell
06 March 2017

Happy Birthday to the BOOSTERs celebrating birthdays during the month of March!!

Read our full list of birthdays for this month - and it's quite a long list.

Antonio Patterson
20 February 2017

These are a few of our BOOST students that have formed a study group, they meet every Monday and Wednesday to discuss ideas concerning BIO 169. Joining a study group will provide the perfect environment for concentration and focus, give you new perspectives and fresh understandings, and help you to

Gloria Barnwell
07 February 2017

The Super Bowl team I was rooting for had a great lead in points, but we should never underestimate our opponent, it is how you end that counts.  It is also how you will be rewarded. You may see yourself off to a great start this semester, and all of a sudden, discouragement comes knocking at your door.  The Dare to Be Different, goal-setting workshop with Jan Spence taught us that

Vanessa Cogdell, Ed.D
26 January 2017

The BOOST program at Robeson Community College hosted a goal-setting workshop facilitated by Jan Spence.  Jan energized the crowd challenging traditional methods of accomplishing New Year’s resolutions and goals.  She asked all attendees to define their core values and use those values to assist them in setting and achieving “Big Hairy Goals.”


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