Distance Education Addressing Nursing Shortages
A unique cooperative program between two regional community colleges is addressing California's nursing shortage, but it’s having trouble keeping up with enrollment demands.
Thursday, November 25, 2004
For the past three years Modesto Junior College and Columbia College in Sonora have been jointly participating in a distance-education nursing program. MJC lectures are broadcast to Columbia students, who are required to enroll in the MJC Associate Nursing Degree Program. Director Bonnie Costello says three Sonora area medical facilities are providing a key component. COSTELLO :08—The all supply instructors that help us meet the clinical requirement and supervision that we need for the students. Costello says the program is more popular than expected and can only accommodate ten Columbia College students for one semester each year, so many students are turned away. She says state budget restraints prevent MJC from expanding the program. Bob Hensley KXJZ News.