SOWELA and McNeese Initiative Empowers Nursing Students
12/13/2016 9:35:18 AM

SOWELA and McNeese Launch Unprecedented Initiative

New Agreement Empowers Nursing Students
to Earn Bachelor’s Degree

LAKE CHARLES, LOUISIANA – December 7, 2016

In an effort to enable Nursing students to complete their bachelor’s degree, SOWELA Technical Community College and McNeese State University will sign a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on Friday, December 9, 2016, at 2 p.m. in SOWELA’s H.C. Drew Nursing & Allied Health Building Lobby. Dr. Neil Aspinwall, SOWELA Chancellor, and Dr. Philip C. Williams, McNeese President, will be on hand for the official signing.

"This MOU is just another great example of the strong working relationships that have been created between McNeese and SOWELA.These agreements provide pathways for students to earn the educational credentials they need to obtain great jobs that will help provide a better way of life for themselves and their families. This specific"concurrent ASN to BSN” agreement is truly a trendsetter for both institutions. It provides the opportunity for students to earn credits toward anAssociate of Science in Nursing (ASN) and credits towards a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) simultaneously which greatly reduces the time to degree completion and puts the student into the healthcare workforce sooner,” said Dr. Neil Aspinwall, Chancellor, SOWELA Technical Community College.

"McNeese and SOWELA are here to work together and complement each other. When we do that, the entire region benefits,” McNeese President Dr. Philip Williams said. "Health care professionals are in high demand and there is a great need for nursing faculty throughout the country. Many of the students who complete their baccalaureate degree at McNeese will go on to earn a master’s degree and complete post master’s requirements that will enable them to teach at both the community college and university level. Nurses who achieve higher levels of education have many different career opportunities and they increase their lifetime earning potential.”

SOWELA’s ASN program is designed to prepare students for immediate employment in the healthcare arena and to lay the foundation for transferring coursework to a BSN program. Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Exam for RN (NCLEX-RN) and be prepared to enter the workforce as a registered nurse. Students at both higher learning institutions receive hands-on experience and learn under qualified faculty who meet the accreditation requirements of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC).

For more information about the Nursing Concurrent Enrollment program, call (337) 421-6594 to speak with a Nursing Advisor.

SOWELA Technical Community College provides traditional, distance, and lifelong learning experiences and awards associate degrees, technical diplomas, and certificates that empower learners in transfer, career and technical education to excel as globally competitive citizens. The College has been educating the region’s workforce for more than 75 years.

McNeese State University is nationally ranked as one of the top public universities in the United States, is recognized as one of the finest regional universities in the South, and is known as one of the best values for low tuition and high average starting salaries for graduates. McNeese continues to play a pivotal role in providing well-prepared, innovative leaders by offering outstanding academic programs and focusing on student success and affordability. McNeese faculty and staff are committed to the University’s motto of "Excellence With a Personal Touch!”

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