Community College has announced an expansion of its partnerships with Pueblo
hospitals, as well as a new health care program at its Southwest Colorado
Community College campus in Mancos.
The leaders of
St. Mary-Corwin Medical Center, Parkview Medical Center and the Colorado Mental
Health Institute at Pueblo joined PCC President Dr. Patty Erjavec and Dean of
Health and Public Safety Mary Chavez for a March 29 press conference in Pueblo to
share part of the news.
provides PCC 18,000 square feet inside the hospital for the Simulation Center
and Human Anatomy Learning Center. This enables the school to offer programs
such as surgical technology, medical assistant and occupational and physical
therapy labs, as well as experiential learning labs.
CMHIP each provide one clinical scholar for PCC’s nursing program. These
instructors work at PCC but are employees of the hospitals. This additional
staffing will allow PCC to accept 16 additional students into the program each
year. The hospitals also provide funding for two positions at the Simulation
Parkview provides equipment and supplies for the Simulation Center and funds to
provide tutoring for nursing students.
CMHIP led to the creation of programs for Certified Addiction Counselor and
Licensed Psychiatric Technician, which will help create a pipeline of employees
for the hospital.
$3 million in monetary and in-kind contributions will be invested by the three
hospitals over the next five years, according to Erjavec.
Faculty Coordinator Maggie LaRose and Kathleen McInnis of the Southwestern
Colorado Area Health Education Center joined the press conference via
livestream from Mancos. LaRose announced SCCC’s new two-semester LPN program,
which was established in response to community need.
discussed PCC’s new articulation agreement with the University of
Colorado-Anschutz Medical Campus, which will allow students on any PCC campus
to transfer to CU to complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing. The agreement also
allows for dual enrollment: Current PCC students in good standing may take
baccalaureate courses from CU at the same time.
“It truly takes
a village to keep a strong community moving forward and we are so appreciative
of the support all of our industry partners provide,” said Chavez.
Founded in 1933, Pueblo Community College is a premier teaching institution focused on providing academic and service excellence to help its students acquire the 21st Century skills needed to better their lives. An educational and technological leader, PCC fosters economic development and utilizes strong partnerships in the communities it serves through its Pueblo, Fremont and Southwest campuses.