ERIC Number: ED351049
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Oct
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Expanding Resources for Working Adults: A College/Community/Hospital Collaboration.
Curtis, Stephen M.; West, Betty
In response to the critical need for nurses in New York City, the Borough of Manhattan Community College (BMCC), with support from two local unions and a foundation, initiated the Evening/Weekend Program designed for working adult nursing students in fall, 1989. While the 3-year, part-time program was open to any qualified BMCC student, a special recruitment and academic support plan was developed with the unions. The following support mechanisms, combining existing college-wide resources with new initiatives developed specifically for the program, were provided: (1) a mandatory basic skills assessment and placement program; (2) a free Pre-Freshman Immersion Program, offering remediation to those students who require it (70% of BMCC's student body) prior to regular enrollment; (3) special group orientations, assessment testing sessions, admissions appointments, and registration dates for union members; (4) a full-time college counselor available evenings and Saturdays for Nursing students; (5) union counselors available evenings and Saturdays for union members; (6) non-credit preparatory courses for chemistry, anatomy, and physiology, supplemented by an innovative science tutoring program; (7) peer tutoring in the Nursing Tutorial Lab; (8) basic skills classes for students offered on-site at union headquarters; and (8) monthly meetings between BMCC and union administrative staff to review the progress of the program. Using the union-based model, BMCC also developed a hospital-based program in cooperation with Harlem Hospital, targeting local residents, as well as hospital employees. (MAB)
Descriptors: Adult Students, Associate Degrees, Community Colleges, Cooperative Programs, Evening Programs, Nursing, Nursing Education, Part Time Students, Program Implementation, School Community Relationship, Student Personnel Services, Teaching Hospitals, Two Year College Students, Two Year Colleges, Unions, Weekend Programs
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Identifiers: City University of New York Manhattan Comm Coll; Harlem Hospital Center NY
Note: Paper presented at the University of South Carolina Conference, "The Minority Student Today: Recruitment, Retention, and Success" (San Antonio, TX, October 4-7, 1992).