Dual enrollment looks to increase nursing workforce
South Texas College and three local school districts came together recently to kick off a professional nursing dual enrollment project. Project Health Education and Leadership for All (Project HEAL2) aims to create a pipeline to prepare more nurses going into the healthcare profession.
The Region One Education Service Center, together with STC, La Joya ISD, PSJA ISD, South Texas ISD and Doctors Hospital at Renaissance are recipients of a $3 million Investing in Innovation grant awarded by the U.S. Department of Education.
At least 50 students from the participating ISDs now have the opportunity to enroll in the first-year college pre-requisite courses at STC. This puts them on a path to receiving an associate degree in nursing while also earning a high school diploma.
Upon graduation from high school, Project HEAL2 students are eligible to apply for admission to STC’s ADN program for second year nursing content. Each participating school district is guaranteed 20 slots into the ADN program for qualified students.