MONROE, La. (KNOE) — An agreement was signed Sept. 22, 2022, allowing select students at Louisiana Delta Community College to earn transferable credit in ULM. It highlights education and nursing students to help fill the shortage of these professions in our region. Officials said the agreement will help better align the programs of LDCC and ULM.
“It’s great to know that they’re thinking of us students, knowing that the world needs more nurses and making it easier for us, it’s great, it’s amazing,” Whitney said. Washam, a nursing student at LDCC.
For students like Washam, the new agreement is good news.
ULM provost and vice president of academic affairs Mark Arant said the agreement creates a seamless segway for students to transition from LDCC to ULM.
“A lot of teachers and nurses would like to stay where they are, these graduates are very locally oriented so they would like to go back to schools and hospitals where they are familiar, so that will succeed in keeping that talent here,” said Arant.
Arant said it will help strengthen the workforce here at home. Working where you grew up is something Washam looks forward to.
“After this program I want to transfer into the BSM program offered by ULM, my plan is to be a labor and delivery nurse at St. Francis, I have everything planned out,” Washam said.
LDCC Vice-Chancellor for Education and Student Services Wendi Tostenson said it creates specific guided pathways, so students get referrals for their future at ULM every step of the way.
“Right now the programs we’re specifically targeting are paramedic programs and our education programs, but we have about seven other programs that we’re looking at aligning, in the long term, all of the programs we offer will be aligned with this that microlight offers,” Tostenson said.
The agreement will allow students studying in fields such as education, applied science and nursing to transition seamlessly to ULM.
“It removes a lot of barriers for students who don’t necessarily have to reapply,” Tostenson said.
Currently, it is a five-year agreement that came into effect on September 22, 2022.
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