Public Forum on Proposed NCCC Nursing Program

On Thursday April 30, Northwestern Connecticut Community College (NCCC) will be holding a Public Forum on the feasibility of establishing an Associate Degree in Nursing (Registered Nurse) program at the College. The Forum will be held at 4:30 pm in the Draper Center located on the first floor of the library building. Currently, Dr. Susan Abbe is conducting a formal study to determine if the establishment of a sixth associate degree nursing program, within the Connecticut Community College System, is desirable as a means for addressing Connecticut’s nursing shortage. This study is funded through the generosity of the Foundation for Community Health, Sharon, CT.

Each year, NCCC has approximately 75 students who categorize themselves as “pre?nursing,” and complete all but their nursing courses at NCCC. About a dozen of those students are accepted into the nursing program at Naugatuck Valley Community College while others must apply elsewhere, including out?of?state. Realizing the shortage of nurses in Connecticut, NCCC began to raise private funds in 2007 and currently has $900,000 in community pledges and

We invite all members of the public, and especially those in the health care fields, as well as students and potential students to attend this Public Forum. Input from all constituencies is crucial to our successful planning for the future. Refreshments will be served.

For further information about this Public Forum, please contact President Barbara Douglass, at (860) 738?6406 or by e?mail at


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