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UTT and KC dive into nursing

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Dr. Bill Holda, KC president; Cindy Gabehart, PTHS principal; Dr. Rodney H. Mabry, UT Tyler president; Dr. Van Patterson, UT Tyler LUC Dir. embark on Success Program. – Courtesy Photo

The University of Texas at Tyler (UTT) and Kilgore College (KC) have embarked on what they call the Roadmap to Success Program. This is part of a new partnership initiative aiming to expand opportunities for student success in the Gregg County area.

UTT President Rodney H. Mabry explained the objectives of this project.

“Our nursing program at the Longview University Center and Kilgore College’s nursing program have been strong partners for many years,” he said.” We are excited to announce the next phase of collaboration, which will help high school students transition seamlessly from Kilgore College to the bachelor’s degree nursing program at UT-Tyler’s Longview University Center.”

Nursing is the heart and soul of this operation. Students will be carefully guided from their dual credit high school programs to their sophomore year at KC, and on through completion of their bachelor’s degrees at UTT.

“We developed the Roadmap to Success Nursing Program in response to the desires and needs of the citizens of Longview and Gregg County,” said Mabry. “Students following this plan will be able to earn a bachelor’s degree in nursing without leaving Gregg County. In fact, a great majority of the course work will be completed right here in Longview.”

The two learning institutions are collaborating to clearly outline the courses to take at each school to earn an associate and bachelor’s degree in the most efficient and affordable way possible.

“We’ve been in a detailed discussion for a long time about the linkage between the two institutions to insure that students can seamlessly transition to the UT-Tyler BSN Program after completing their nursing prerequisite coursework at KC,” said Holda.

Apart from nursing being the fastest-growing occupation in the nation, nurses comprise the majority of all health care providers. According to projections from the Bureau of Labor Statistics there will be 581,500 more American nursing jobs by 2018. Pine Tree High School Principal Cindy Gabehart is upbeat about the new initiative.

“We are extremely excited about the opportunity that this program offers our students,” she said. “It is outstanding that students can pursue the Bachelor of Nursing degree while being able to stay close to home.”

Holda concurred totally.

“While this partnership will greatly benefit the students of Longview, it also has the potential to help every student whose high school offers dual-credit courses provided by Kilgore College,” he said. “Our effort will demonstrate that collaboration between high schools, community collages and universities is possible, and the result will be expanded opportunities for our graduates.”

As one of the University of Texas System’s 15 campuses, UT-Tyler supplies students excellent instruction in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. The Tyler campus makes available more than 80 undergraduate and graduate degrees to 7500-plus high-ability students in Tyler, Longview, Palestine and a campus in Houston.

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