With state money so tight, it is unusual to see a college expand one of its programs. However, Sacramento City College is expanding its nursing program with the help of a unique partnership.
Sutter Health donated $13.6 million to build a state of the art facility so the college can train more nurses. "It's going to infuse probably around 120 nurses a year, but our main goal is to have at least 400 by the year 2008," said Monica Small of the Sutter Center for Health Professions.
The program is designed to solve a serious nursing shortage in Sacramento. Area hospitals have more than a thousand vacant positions and need to increasing staffing levels because of the state's new nurse-to-patient ratio law.
Christopher Hall is a member of the newly expanded class. "It's awesome to be part of an inaugural class going through a program that's one of a kind, I believe not only in the state but the United States itself."
Prior to the establishment of the new program, SCC annually turned away as many as 80 qualified students seeking to enter the nursing program due to limited space.
Students accepted into the program have an added benefit. Their tuition and lab fees are completely underwritten.
Graduates of the program have a virtual guarantee of finding a nursing position at a local hospital or clinic.
More information on the nursing program is available by clicking on the link below or calling the Sutter Center for Health Professions at (800) 463-4431.