Monday, March 24, 2014

Nursing's concurrent enrollment program selected as Bellweather finalist

The Maricopa Nursing program was selected as a finalist for the 2014 Bellwether Award in the Workforce Development category. The submission,“Concurrent enrollment programs at Maricopa Nursing – Meeting Current and Future Nursing Needs Through Progression and Innovation” was selected by the Community College Futures Assembly (CCFA) from more than 400 applications.

“The concurrent enrollment program is an innovative way for MCCCD nursing programs to facilitate a cost-effective and timely way for students to simultaneously achieve their associate and bachelor’s degree in nursing,” said Jill Anderson, division chair of Nursing and Health Sciences at Chandler-Gilbert Community College. “It also serves national goals recommending 80% of registered nurses hold a bachelor degree. This educational opportunity has quickly become popular among our students.”

The Bellwether Awards showcase leading-edge programs with demonstrated results, worthy of replicating in any community college. The Workforce Development category recognizes programs that create public and/or private strategic alliances and partnerships that promote community and economic development. Annually between 100 and 500 applications are received from around the United States, Canada, and other countries for the Bellwether Awards in three categories.

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