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Carl Albert State College and Indian Capital Technology Center Discuss Health Careers

Carl Albert State College and Indian Capital Technology Center Discuss Health Careers

Carl Albert State College President Garry M. Ivey and Indian Capital Technology Center Campus Director Dr. Curtis Shumaker recently met in Sallisaw to discuss ways the two institutions can work together to benefit area students in the pursuit of health care careers.

Included in the meeting were CASC Vice President Dr. Kathy Harrell, CASC Director of Nursing Abbie Bailey, ICTC District Administrator for Nursing & Health Careers Debra Bartel, and ICTC Coordinator for Nursing & Health Careers Lisa Martin.

The group discussed the best ways to transition from an LPN program to the RN program. Director of Nursing Bailey stated, “There are so many steps in the career ladder for someone interesting in pursing nursing as a career. We want to make the transition from LPN to RN as seamless as possible. In addition, we want to ensure that when students go from the LPN program to the RN program they can make the next step to a bachelor’s or even to a master’s program if desired.”

A discussion also took place regarding the possible addition of new health care programs at Carl Albert, and how ICTC programs might feed into the new offerings at CASC.  Both President Ivey and Dr. Shumaker stated they are very pleased to have the opportunity to come to the table and discuss ways to work together for the benefit of students and the community.  Everyone at the meeting agreed on the importance of students having the choice to complete a program of study and either go straight to work or to transition to the next educational step in a career path. After additional research is done regarding the aspects of the discussion, the group will come back together to decide how to implement ideas.

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