HC expands two nursing programs at SA campus

Lyndel Moody
Staff Writer

Howard College officials announced last week the Texas Board of Nursing has approved the extension of two nursing programs at the San Angelo campus.
The approval will allow instruction and testing for the Associates in Nursing Degree and the LVN-to- RN transition program, also known as a “bridge course,” to be overseen independently at the San Angelo site.
“There is such a demand for nursing throughout the region,” said Howard College President Dr. Cheryl Sparks. “This will allow the Big Spring site to focus on training students who will join the workforce in this area and for the San Angelo site to help in its area. We can supply local nurses for local hospitals.”
Funding to make the extension possible came from the community of San Angelo in the form of $340,000 in donations.
“The community of San Angelo itself sees the importance and need for the opportunities these programs will bring to the area’s nursing profession,” Sparks said. “There was great support from the community and the area’s allied health industry. Going into the future, there will be substantial support from this community.”
Both programs will hold classes beginning this August.