Westminster Campus Nursing Program to celebrate 40th anniversary

WESTMINSTER, Colo. – The Nursing Program at Front Range Community College-Westminster Campus will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a reception from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, April 29, at the campus, 3645 W. 112th Ave.

“The reception is a chance for current students and alumni to network and share stories about how it was in the ‘good old days’ and how it is in the ‘good new days’,” said Suzanne Villiers, program director.

The reception will take place in the campus Rotunda.

A short program will include a panel discussion with nurses and faculty who reflect on all decades of nursing education at the Westminster Campus and its many clinical sites in the metro area.

“There is a lot more autonomy, responsibility, and creativity in nursing today than in nursing 40 years ago,” said Anna Jordan-Helser, nursing faculty. “Our education mission is more student-centered.”

To reserve a place at the reception or to update contact information with the Nursing Program, graduates should visit www.frontrange.edu/nursing40th.

Students first entered the program in 1969, when FRCC was the North Campus of the Community College of Denver. The first graduates received their degrees in 1971. Since then, almost 4,000 people have earned nursing degrees from the Westminster Campus.

In 1994, the Westminster program won a state Program of Excellence Award. Funds associated with the award were used to create a Nursing Education Center on campus. In addition to the associate-degree curriculum, FRCC works in partnership with Metropolitan State College of Denver on an R.N.-to-B.S.N. Program, with classes taught at the Westminster Campus.

The program has continuing full approval from the Colorado State Board of Nursing, and is in candidacy for accreditation by the National League For Nursing Accreditation Commission, Inc. (NLNAC), undergoing a successful site visit in February 2011.

The program’s information line is (303) 404-5272.

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education serving more than 151,000 students annually. CCCS oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and seven other post-secondary institutions.

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