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Ti nursing program growing

TICONDEROGA - In fall 2009 North Country Community College will expand the registered nursing program to the Ticonderoga campus.

Currently, a one-year LPN certificate program is offered at the campus.

Mike Shepard, director of the NCCC nursing program, stated that accessibility to the RN program for all students of the three NCCC campuses has now become a reality.

"The new facility in Ticonderoga provides the latest in allied health training as well as a strong faculty to support nursing and general education courses," he said.

Shepard added that nursing continues to experience national, state and regional shortages. The new program will provide the community with an additional stream of qualified health care professionals.

Tom Finch, vice president for academic affairs, indicated that the demand for the RN program at the Ticonderoga campus has grown steadily over the past few years.

The expansion of the RN program will almost double the college's enrollment capacity of admitted students seeking this career path, according to college officials.

Additional programs are currently being developed in environmental science, fine arts and human resource management.

College officials said 212 more students enrolled at North Country Community College this fall 2008 semester than in the fall of 2007. The final official enrollment headcount for the fall 2008 semester, 1,968 students, was recently submitted by the college to the State University of New York and the New York State Department of Education.

This marks the college's 10th straight year of enrollment growth and a 107 percent increase in the college's enrollment since 1999.

Expansion of recruitment efforts, academic programs, and facilities, as well as, increases in area student attendance due to the recent downturn in the economy, have all been major factors contributing to the record setting growth at North Country, according to college administrators.

"Sponsoring area residents realize that the academic and professional programming offered at North Country is both a sound investment in one's career prospects and a financially smart stepping stone to a four-year degree," said Fred Smith, interim president of North Country.

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