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GCC NAU concurrent enrollment students graduate.First Class Of Nurses To Graduate From NAU’s Concurrent Enrollment Program
Northern Arizona University-Glendale Community College Partnership Makes Earning Dual Nursing Degrees Convenient, Affordable; 18 Initial Graduates 

(Glendale, Ariz.) May 1, 2013 – Northern Arizona University and Glendale Community College are pleased to announce the first graduating class from their concurrent-enrollment nursing program with 18 students set to graduate.

The GCC graduation ceremony will be Friday, May 10, at 7 p.m. at the Grand Canyon University Arena in Phoenix. On May 11, NAU will host its own graduation at 10 a.m. in Flagstaff to bestow bachelor’s degrees on the new nurses. Both are free and open to the public.

The graduating class consists of:

Celeste C. CorreaDebra E. Davis

Amanda Dunn

Juliane Fidazzo

Lori Gaytan

Jessica D. Gutierrez

Shana M. Hofberger

Hannah R. Jackson

Autumn Lemke

Adam S. LeonJennifer B. MacFarlane

Amy M. Mandile

Mary Martin

Sean P. McCormick

Cecilia Mora

Tanya L. Perucho

Alison Troncellito

Kathleen Vasquez

Partnering To Produce High-Quality Nurses
The concurrent-enrollment nursing program is a partnership between NAU and the Maricopa Community Colleges. Students in the program work toward an associate degree in nursing at a Phoenix-area community college such as Glendale Community College while also taking bachelor’s degree courses online through NAU. 

This way, students can earn both an Associate of Applied Sciences (AAS) and a Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) in just five semesters and for as little as $12,000—roughly a third the cost of a traditional four-year BSN program.

“This program was built in response to the current industry demand for bachelor prepared nurses,” said Debera Thomas, dean of the School of Nursing at NAU. “Our graduates are prepared to be leaders in the profession of nursing.”

Susan Mayer, director of the Glendale Community College nursing department, is confident about the potential success of the graduating students. “Hospitals in Arizona want to hire nurses with bachelor’s degrees,” Mayer said. “Our program is designed to provide our students with the best opportunities for employment upon graduation.”

Growing Fast
Since launching in 2011, participation in the concurrent-enrollment program has skyrocketed, from 38 initial students to more than 400 new enrollments last semester.

“This innovative program has captured the attention and interest of the nursing education community in Arizona, future nursing students, and the support of the Arizona State Board of Nursing,” Mayer said.

Amanda Dunn, a graduating student in the concurrent-enrollment nursing program, is optimistic about her future.

“NAU’s concurrent nursing program allowed me to graduate with a BSN, which is what recruiters are seeking,” Dunn said. “The availability of online courses provided a flexible schedule for my job and family at a fraction of the cost of most programs.”

For details about the concurrent-enrollment nursing program between NAU and the Maricopa Community Colleges, visit www.maricopa.edu/nursing.

About The Extended Campuses of Northern Arizona University
The Extended Campuses of Northern Arizona University delivers a respected, affordable university education to students wherever they want learn. Nontraditional students and working adults are empowered to advance personally and professionally through our statewide network of campuses, extensive online options and passion for student success. NAU continues to introduce innovative educational options to help the state fulfill its growing need for public administrators, health professionals, teachers, business experts and community leaders. For more information, visit nau.edu/extended. 

About Glendale Community College
Glendale Community College offers innovative higher education curriculum in more than 50 associate degree, certificate and transfer programs, workforce development and career re-training courses. The college fosters academic and personal success, encouraging students to become critical thinkers and thoughtful global citizens. Glendale Community College is one of ten colleges in the Maricopa Community College District. Learn more at www.gccaz.edu or on Twitter or Facebook @GCCaz.

For more information, contact:
Adam Wade
The Extended Campuses of Northern Arizona University
928-523-6610 / adam.wade@nau.edu 

Heidi Capriotti
Glendale Community College
623-845-3805 / heidi.capriotti@gccaz.edu