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Linfield and Chemeketa mark nursing partnership, public invited

Nursing graduates from Chemeketa Community College flock to the baccalaureate nursing program at Linfield College, and the two colleges just made the transition a little easier.

A ceremony to celebrate the new Nursing Degree Partnership Program will be held Tuesday, Oct. 5, at 3 p.m. at Chemeketa’s Center for Business and Industry in downtown Salem. Health officials, nursing students and faculty, and the public are invited.

Students prefer a one-stop educational pathway, and the program is designed to ease the transition from an associate degree program in nursing at Chemeketa to a nursing baccalaureate program at Linfield.

The partnership will reduce barriers, promote smooth transitions between the institutions and enhance graduation rates. Students will be able to access support services, libraries, and multicultural outreach programs at both colleges, and will benefit from better tracking.

The project will also foster collaborative research between the two institutions.

“This partnership will enhance the nursing education program for Chemeketa students,” said Kay Carnegie, dean of Health Sciences at Chemeketa. “It’s an exciting time for the Chemeketa nursing faculty and our local partners in the healthcare field.”

“We are pleased about the opportunities for collaboration between faculty and students from both schools,” said Bonnie Saucier, dean of nursing at Linfield College.

Cheryl Nester Wolfe, Salem Hospital’s chief operating officer, will attend the ceremony and provide remarks about the partnership. Linfield President Thomas Hellie and Chemeketa President Cheryl Roberts will sign a formal agreement as both schools officially accept the new articulation agreement.

Chemeketa’s Center for Business and Industry is located at 626 High Street NE Salem, OR. 97301

Contact: Emily DuPlessis, Office of Communications, Chemeketa Community College, 503-399-2517