UMFK Nursing Partnership for High School Students

Published: Sep. 10, 2020 at 7:02 PM EDT
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PRESQUE ISLE, Maine (WAGM) - A new partnership has been announced between The University of Maine at Fort Kent and the Region Two School of Applied Technology in Houlton. News Source 8′s Cam Smith has more on the program and what it means for students.

The Rural U Nursing program is a partnership between UMFK and the Region Two School, to expand nursing education to high school students.

“This gives us the ability to do that and to have a seamless transition between our school and your school, and it becomes our school now.”

Through this program, high school students will take their first-year nursing courses while still in a high school classroom. Instructor Amber Sloat says it’s very beneficial for her students.

“It’s also going to smooth that transition from high school to college. Sometimes that can be a hard change. It can be a little overwhelming for students to go from high school classes to college classes. So seeing them get all these college classes before they even go to college, I think they are going to be very well prepared.”

For Courtney Beck, a senior in the program, she says it’s going to help her moving forward.

“If I do go to UMFK, knowing that I’m starting off as a Sophomore and not as a freshman, it’s kind of knowing that I’ve got that boost I needed in high school and having it not take a whole year to get my Gen-Eds and all of that done and its not as stressful and worrying about it. And all the books and money and all of that. It’s taking care of all of that now.”

“Making it affordable, providing access, and providing an opportunity to address a shortage area that is within our state and nationwide and that is nursing.”

There are over 20 students participating in the first year of this program in Houlton. Cam Smith, NewsSource 8.

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