DOTHAN, Ala. (WDHN) — Troy University and the Heersink Family Foundation announced a new partnership that will allow for scholarships, a new academic program, and job-ready graduates.
“Everything from data analytics, to marketing, to human resource management, there’ll be such a varied scope of opportunities for students that I think that scholarship will really pay off in their interest,” Dean of the Sorrell College of Business at Troy University Dr. Judson Edwards said.
With a growing demand for health care administrators, Troy’s latest partnership is geared toward meeting that demand on the local level and far beyond.
“We live in this spot of the world and if we don’t do it, who’s going to do it,” Troy University Chancellor Dr. Jack Hawkins said. “So we have some really significant health manpower needs throughout the Wiregrass and throughout this region.”
The partnership focuses on communication as well as the desire to bridge the gap between healthcare doctors and administrators.
“Not only me, but many people thought why don’t we find ways to stimulate conversations, dialogue, interaction, collaboration to make things better for patients in the long run,” Heersink Family Foundation Dr. Marnix Heersink said.
While Troy University does offer HR and management-type curriculum, this new partnership offers face-to-face interaction with working professionals.
“This is the place where physicians are working, where the administrators are working and to allow our students to get access to that environment is just so critical versus just a classroom environment that you may experience,” Edwards said.
Scholarships will be made available to students in the Dothan area who want to enroll in the program.
The program itself consists of four courses and is available on all Troy campuses, as well as the Health Center South Campus and Troy online.