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July 15, 2009 (El Cajon)--The Grossmont College Foundation, a fund-raising organization that benefits Grossmont College students and educational programs, has announced that it has received a $30,000 grant from Abbott Vascular, one of the world’s leading vascular care businesses. The grant will benefit Grossmont students who are enrolled in the college’s cardio-vascular technology (CVT) program.


According to Ernest Ewin, Grossmont College Foundation executive director, the Abbott grant will assist the entire CVT program to stay current with the latest research and instructional information, including new equipment and supplies used by CVT students.

Grossmont College’s CVT program, which was founded in 1972, and boasts about 1,750 graduates, is one of three CVT programs offered at community colleges in California, and the only CVT program in the state to offer three different specialty areas in a cardiovascular technologist’s scope of work (invasive, non-invasive and vascular). It was the first CVT program at a community college to be accredited in the nation. Cardiovascular technologists are allied health professionals who are specifically trained to perform a variety of tests that provide information to the physician in the diagnosis and treatment of various cardiovascular diseases.

Grossmont CVT grads are currently working in more than 90 percent of the available cardiovascular-related jobs in San Diego. Nationwide, the majority of Grossmont CVT grads have careers in clinical positions, while others work as department managers, teachers, medical researchers, authors and applications specialists.

Abbott Vascular, a division of Abbott Laboratories (NYSE:ABT), is uniquely focused on transforming the treatment of vascular disease and improving patient care by combining the latest medical device innovations with world-class pharmaceuticals, investing in research and development and advancing medicine through training and education. Headquartered in Northern California, Abbott Vascular offers a comprehensive portfolio of vessel closure, endovascular and coronary products, which are recognized internationally for their safety, effectiveness and ease of use in treating patients with vascular disease.

The Grossmont College Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that directly supports Grossmont College students, faculty and staff through scholarships, educational equipment and supplies, facilities and education programs.

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