ULM and LDCC Sign Agreement to Address Long-Term Care Deficiency in Louisiana

MONROE, La. (KNOE) – The Louisiana Delta Community College (LDCC) and the University of Louisiana at Monroe (ULM) target a statewide long-term care shortage.

“We will look back and this will have really changed the evolution of the opportunities we can offer our community,” said LDCC Vice Chancellor Dr. Wendi Tostenson.

The agreement allows nursing students who have earned a two-year degree from a community college in Louisiana to transfer to ULM for a four-year bachelor’s degree in nursing.

“It reduces the overall cost for the student. It provides urgently needed workers in the nursing profession, ”said ULM President Dr. Ronald Berry.

The program is designed to attract students from all corners of the state.

“Every community college is in a rural area, and we want to help these students achieve their intended goals,” said Dr. Wendy Bailes, director of the Kitty DeGree School of Nursing at ULM.

LDCC Chancellor Dr. Randy Esters says the flexibility of the program will encourage more students to participate.

“This special effort puts all classwork online after they leave community college,” said Dr. Esters versus KNOE. “It enables them to work at the bedside while taking classes for their nursing degree.”

ULM President Dr. Ronald Berry says the partnership is proof that both institutions prefer community to competition.

“It is so good to have a partner with a shared vision and mission to serve the people of northeast Louisiana,” said Dr. Berry. “About changing lives. About creating opportunities. About creating paths. “

President Berry hopes other universities across the state will get creative to address the nursing shortage in Louisiana.

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