EMCC to expand Nursing Program to the KHEC in East MillinocketPosted on August 15, 2019 | Success Stories
EAST MILLINOCKET – Eastern Maine Community College is pleased to announce the expansion of its associate’s degree in Nursing to the Katahdin Region. The program will be offered at the Katahdin Higher Education Center in East Millinocket, with clinical offered at Millinocket Regional Hospital along with other clinical locations. Learn about a new partnership between EMCC and Millinocket Regional Hospital, to bring nursing education to the Katahdin Region. Join us as we host this Nursing Informational Session on Tuesday August 6 from 4 p.m.-6 p.m., at 1 Dirigo Drive, East Millinocket Maine. Fall 2019 semester classes begin on August 26.
“Maine healthcare providers are struggling to fill hundreds of nursing positions. The number of nursing vacancies is projected to grow to 3,200 positions by 2025 as the size of Maine’s service-dependent, 65-and-over population grows by more-than-a-third in the next ten years. Additionally, a wave of nursing professionals over the age of 55 will soon reduce work hours and retire from the physically demanding field. The challenge of replacing aging nurses is particularly acute in Maine’s rural communities where nearly half of the nursing workforce is over the age of 55.” (Maine Nursing Summit, 2017)
Representatives from the Eastern Maine Community College’s admissions office will be present to answer questions and provide additional information about the program’s admissions requirements. *Students will take the per-requisite courses and general education courses beginning the fall of 2019and all nursing courses will begin in the fall 2020 semester. Staff from Eastern. Maine Development Corporation will also be present to discuss additional resources to assist students in this program.
“This initiative of the Katahdin Higher Education Center, along with our friends at Millinocket Regional Hospital, is an excellent and much-needed opportunity to train the next generation of nurses in our region”, said Mike Elliott of the Katahdin Region Development Board. The Katahdin Region Development Board, along with Eastern Maine Development Corporation, supports workforce and training opportunities to the region. EMDC staff works with businesses and education partners to provide workforce training that prepares people with the skills needed in today’s changing job market and provides access to funding and related services that support individuals to train for and find meaningful employment.