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Celebrating a First in MCTC Nursing

Lourdmy, MCTC Nursing studentOf 115 Nursing students who graduated from Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC) this spring, more than 50 represented the first cohort of MCTC’s Professional Nursing (NPRO) program.

In 2013, MCTC and Augsburg College entered into a partnership offering two-year NPRO graduates the option to directly transfer to Augsburg College’s Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) program and earn their degree in three years. In the partnership program, students receive their registered nursing (RN) license and associate’s degree in Nursing in five semesters at MCTC and transfer seamlessly to Augsburg where they can receive their bachelor’s degree at an accelerated rate.

“It’s a win-win for both institutions,” said MCTC Dean of Math, Science and Social Science Chuck Paulson. “We’ve seen very clearly that RNs with a bachelor degree have an advantage.”

The partnership with Augsburg is one of many transfer partnerships MCTC is forging with local institutions to make transfer easier for students.

“The students have worked very hard over the last five terms to learn the skills and nursing knowledge necessary to be successful as registered nurses,” said Nursing Instructor Jane Persoon. “We are excited to see them graduate and go on to be nurses in the area of their choice.”

MCTC NPRO student Lourdmy Jean was invited to speak at the celebratory launch of the partnership in 2013, and participated last week in the pinning ceremony of NPRO’s first graduating class. She calls herself and her graduating peers trendsetters.

“Achieving a dream like nursing is challenging yet rewarding,” she said. “MCTC has allowed me to pursue my hopes and desires.”

Of the 115 students who received credentials, 60 percent were born outside the United States, representing the growing diversity of not only Minnesota's demographics, but also its workforce.

Minneapolis City Council member Barbara Johnson and several representatives from Augsburg College and Children’s Hospital were in attendance at the NPRO pinning ceremony.

Photo: This 2013 photo from the celebration of MCTC's remodeled Nursing facilities and Augsburg transfer partnership launch features, from left to right, MnSCU Chancellor Steven Rosenstone, Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton, MCTC Nursing student Lourdmy Jean, then-MCTC President Phil Davis and Hennepin County Commissioner Peter McLaughlin.