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ONTARIO — Thanks to a delay in a decision by a state board this morning, TVCC officials will have more time to hire faculty and put a plan together to mentor new employees in its nursing department, according to an email this afternoon from Abby Lee, spokeswoman.

Treasure Valley Community College officials were in Portland on Thursday to present their plan to the Oregon Board of Nursing to continue TVCC’s nursing program. The board was expected to review the plan and to make a decision at today’s meeting.

However, the board decided to table making a decision about the plan until its next meeting in July (which will be July 10 or July 17, according to Lee).

The Remediation Plan for the nursing and allied health program was presented to the nursing board by Eddie Alves, vice president for academic affairs, and President Dana Young.

As far as filling vacancies go, college officials have cited several reasons for recent vacancies in its nursing program, which included four resignations in the month of April, with the executive director being one of those.

Problems have included higher accreditation requirements for those teachers and higher pay in the private sector.

However, in order to keep the college’s accreditation, the program is required to continue for students currently enrolled.

A new leader for the program was announced on Wednesday as Dr. Paulla Mizer, of Caldwell, who will begin in mid-July as the executive director of the nursing and allied health program.

Other teaching vacancies include four faculty positions, one of which has been vacant for more than a year.

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