John Tyler Community College Foundation Receives Grant from Jenkins Foundation
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Released on October 07, 2010
CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – John Tyler Community College’s nursing program is getting a valuable new resource thanks to a $63,000 grant from the Jenkins Foundation. The grant, officially awarded to the John Tyler Community College Foundation on October 4, 2010, will be used to create a nursing counselor position at the College. This counselor, who will be a registered nurse in Virginia with a minimum of a baccalaureate degree in nursing, will have two key responsibilities – help improve program retention rates and help make sure students applying to the program are properly prepared for the rigors of the curriculum. The highest attrition rate for the program usually occurs in the first semester. To help these new students succeed and continue, the counselor will assist them with adjusting to the program by teaching them how to prioritize their workload and by providing them with counseling. The counselor also will work to reduce attrition in the hybrid distance education track by working with students to make sure they are ready to take on the demands of online learning. In addition, the counselor will play a key role in the pre-admission process by evaluating the transcripts and helping students who wish to apply to the nursing program determine if they are academically ready.
“The nursing program faculty at John Tyler is so excited and grateful for the award from the Jenkins Foundation to fund a nursing advisor position,” says Dr. Deborah Ulmer, dean of the Division of Health Sciences. “The nursing program curriculum is rigorous and many of our students face personal struggles every day. Some are not prepared for the amount of time and effort that is needed in order to be successful in the nursing program. And yet, completing the program and becoming a RN is truly a life-changing experience that benefits not only our graduates, but their families and our community. The nursing advisor will help us to make sure our students are prepared to enter the program and that they are able to transition successfully into the program. We are very grateful to the Jenkins Foundation for understanding our need and for helping us to make our program even stronger.”
During the 2009 – 2010 academic year, the College graduated 131 students from its nursing program. The pass rate for John Tyler nursing graduates who took the NCLEX exam in 2010 was 91.07 percent, which is higher than the pass rate average in Virginia and the nation. There are currently 301 students enrolled in the program, and 974 students are taking pre-nursing courses in anticipation of applying to the program. Students applying to the program have the option of two tracks – the traditional track in which courses are held in the classroom or the hybrid distance education track in which classes are held online. Both tracks include clinical work in a variety of health care settings. To learn more about the nursing program and to watch an informational video, visit www.jtcc.edu/nursing.
The John Tyler Community College Foundation relies on the generosity of the community to continue its work in securing the future of the College, its students, its faculty and its staff. Since most of the College’s graduates live and work in the area, gifts to the Foundation are an investment in the future of the community. Through donations, grants and endowments, the Foundation is able to provide scholarships for students, to fund academic programs and capital projects, to renovate and modernize classrooms and labs, and to encourage the professional development of John Tyler Community College’s faculty and staff. This work ensures the College continues its pledge of providing academic excellence while expanding the services it offers to fulfill escalating workforce requirements.
John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 13,690 students during the 2009 – 10 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 20,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
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