KCC receives approval for a new RN program targeting local students to meet the region’s rural nursing shortages. The new program begins summer term. Apply TODAY!
On April 16th, the Oregon State Board of Nursing approved the Associates of Applied Science Nursing degree and program at Klamath Community College. The KCC Associate of Applied Science degree in Nursing (AAS-N) will provide students with the academic and clinical preparation necessary to take the national licensure examination leading to practice as a registered nurse.
The KCC’s AAS-N program priority is that graduates will serve our local medical community by providing highly skilled Registered Nurses (RN) at a time when RN nurses are in short supply and in high demand. The need for increased RN recruitment is everywhere, but especially so in rural areas. Because demand is so high, Klamath and Lake County rural hospitals have a difficult time attracting and retaining qualified nursing personnel. They frequently rely on traveling nurses to fill positions. So the KCC AAS-N provides the opportunity to grow our own RNs from our local kids.
For our local students the AAS-N offers the opportunity to become an RN within two years. In the AAS-N students receive many hours of clinical study and hands on practice time. Since KCC already offers a highly successful LPN program, we have the updated, modern SIM labs where all students can practice patient care until they reach proficiency. This approach to teaching has proved successful in the LPN program where 3 out 4 of the last classes of graduates had 100% pass rates. Students in the AAS-N program will also develop skills particular to the needs of rural communities. The benefits to students and the community is this program puts highly skilled RN’s into rural hospitals and clinics after two years. Another distinct benefit is that with the high demand for rural RNs there is also a high wage that comes with these jobs for local kids.
As Dr. Gutierrez emphasized, “This program would not have happened without a strong partnership with the Lake Health District and the hard work of its CEO Charlie Tveit. These kinds of partnerships between KCC and businesses helps us to afford these programs that provide access for local students so we can fill rural nursing positions.” Charlie Tveit, CEO of Lake Health District, expressed that the Health District has experienced very positive retention of homegrown nurses. “We have found that these types of programs being available for our region are a good investment, providing opportunities for employing and retaining quality staff for the hospital, long-term care unit, home health and hospice,” he said. Overall, The KCC RN program will increase KCC’s ability to enhance the growth and development of individuals, businesses, and our greater community.
This program also addresses KCC’s strategic plan goal to increase the number of academic disciplines in (Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics/ STEM) by 25%. KCC is continuing to develop local STEM opportunities which will result in students securing high demand and high wage jobs by offering a new AAS Computer Engineering Technology and AAS Digital Media and Design degrees which will start next fall.
KCC will be accepting applications to the AAS-N program ASAP. Please call our Nursing Director: Lori James 541-880-2223 or visit our website www.klamathcc.edu for more information. The KCC RN program begins this summer on June 22nd.
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Klamath Community College has a number of Career Pathways Certificates that may suite your needs for a focused and expedited education - coursework that will get you the skills you need to possibly find a job, get that promotion or start a new career.
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Along with Klamath Community College's 50+ online classes and several online degrees and certificates - and in the name of all that is educationally innovative - KCC has a number of new online offerings slated to start fall and winter terms.
This list of courses might interest students seeking classes that fit their own schedules and can be completed from the comfort of their living room couch - or from anywhere else for that matter.
Lab Science for Non-Science Students: For students who wish to satisfy their lab science requirements, KCC now offers non-technical courses in Biology, Environmental Science, and Physics completely online. These courses are geared toward students who aren’t planning on a career in Science, Technology, Engineering or Mathematics (STEM) areas, yet require a basic science course. Minimal math is required for these transferable, credit classes, and there are low fees and a cost-effective and easy-to-use lab kit for meaningful, highly engaging experiments. Take any of these courses when and where you like – in-home, online, anywhere!
Community College and Online College Instruction Courses: For educators at any level looking to expand their skill set to include instruction at the community college level or in the online environment, these new, completely online classes are for you. If you’re have time this summer, consider enrolling in one of these classes now. After taking these classes, you’ll be able to take on added instruction responsibilities in your spare time, by teaching face-to-face community college courses in the late afternoon or evening or instructing classes completely online.
Online World Language Academy (OWLA): Klamath Community College is currently building a webpage on its website to house a new Online World Language Academy (OWLA) in support of four completely online, two-year language programs for two European (French and German) and two Asian languages (Chinese and Japanese). The new webpage is scheduled to go live in early July, 2015. Currently, no other college or university in Oregon is offering these languages completely online.
The following information will be made available on the new webpage:
· Course descriptions and course learning outcomes
· Calendar of course offerings – two-year schedule
· Online language faculty profiles
· Tips on how to study a language online
· Links to language learning resources
· List of prerequisites and requirements for testing into courses
· Brief history, geographic locations, and uses of each language
· Instructions on how to be admitted to the College and register for a class
If these four languages are successful attracting students in Oregon, the Pacific Northwest, and nationwide, the College plans to gradually add more languages, including the following: Arabic, Hindi, Indonesian, Italian, Korean, Portuguese (Brazilian), and Russian.
Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL): The College is planning to include Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) among its quality instructional efforts beginning in the 2015-2016 academic year.
COIL is a 21st century teaching practice that connects American classes with similar offerings taught abroad using various digital means (Learning Management Systems, YouTube, audio files, wikis, email, photographs, various social media, etc.). Students are allowed to collaborate with peers in other countries on a variety of assignments, including projects, films, case studies, presentations, journals, et al.
The ultimate goal is to 1) increase students’ “global competence” (i.e., openness to new opportunities, ideas, and ways of thinking; self-awareness about identity and culture, and sensitivity and respect for differences; empathy and valuing multiple perspectives; and comfort with ambiguity and unfamiliar situations) as well as 2) support social justice (i.e., allowing students who may never have an opportunity to travel abroad to have a highly educational, no-cost international experience in their hometown).
The target start date is the 2016 Winter Term. Once COIL is firmly established at KCC, the College plans to extend its support to local high schools for the same types of collaborations on the secondary level.
In-class, online, ANYWHERE! - KCC - Education at the Speed of Life!
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