At Treasure Valley Community College, we are in the homestretch of the academic year. Monday starts the last week of classes before finals week and we head toward graduation and summer. In the flurry of the end of the term we had a chance to celebrate student accomplishments at our annual Red Carpet Awards Ceremony. Students from all academic areas and athletic teams were recognized for their work and dedication this term. It was a great night to reflect on how many of our students are overcoming incredible obstacles, forging new futures for themselves and their families and getting ready for the next chapter of their success story.

Part of our success at TVCC is being able to adjust and flex to changes. As you know, our nursing department is undergoing some significant transitions with upcoming retirements and resignations from current faculty. As we work to refill those positions, we have experienced an outpouring of support and responses from local healthcare partners. Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario, St. Luke’s Medical Center, Valley Family Health Center, Weiser Memorial Hospital and so many others have responded with offers of assistance, advice and opportunities to promote the nursing program within their organizations.

In fact, on Tuesday, Saint Alphonsus Medical Center-Ontario is hosting a TVCC Nursing Forum for nurses in the community to come learn about teaching opportunities in our nursing program. The event is open to anyone who is interested in learning more and will begin at 4 p.m. in the Snake River Conference Room, on the lower level of the hospital.

Relationships are everything and we could not be more grateful for the strength of these local partnerships in not only promoting teaching opportunities, but truly being vested in the success of our programs. As I shared earlier, we are meeting with the Oregon State Board of Nursing to report on our changes on June 13 in Portland. We are excited to announce that we have already hired one new nursing faculty member and we already have several interviews scheduled for the additional openings. I hope to be able to announce all of these new employees in the next month or so and look forward to introducing them to our community.

And while we regroup for the future, I am reminded of the incredible dedication and tenacity shown by our current and previous nursing faculty. Their legacy is a strong, resilient and competent nursing program with expert curriculum and community service at its core. While the faces may change, and we will miss each one of them, we all can continue to be proud of our nursing program and embrace the new opportunities awaiting us secure in the knowledge we not only have a solid program, but the resounding support of our healthcare partners.

But perhaps the biggest responsibility rests in our current students. They are weathering the changes and unsure future right along with us. So it was especially moving to see the continued support of local donors who came to honor current nursing students with annual scholarship awards this past Thursday. Local donors who see the value in this program, in our students and the power of investing in people who will one day be nurses in our community.

Their willingness to stay with us, to continue to support TVCC and our students, highlights the partnerships and responsibility we all have. This is a stewardship we take seriously and one we are proud to continue!

Dana Young is president of Treasure Valley Community College. The views and opinions expressed in this column do not necessarily represent those of The Argus Observer.

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