LONGVIEW (KYTX) - A gutted out student center filled with ladders, paint buckets, and workers all trying to convert it into a school of nursing. Letourneu University Vice President of Enrollment Terry Cruse says the school is empty for the summer but should be bustling by the fall.
"We have a very short time window in which to recruit students. We will be ready to bring these students into a state of the arc facility labs, beds, and waiting rooms." - Terry Cruse, Vice President of Enrollment
Health Resources and Services Administration ranks the state near the bottom in the U.S for registered nurses per capita. LETU's new school of nursing will help Texas catch up.
"We started thinking, how could we better serve the community. So we started thinking about what that would look like for the community and LETU."
LeTourneau isn't the only school in East Texas adding workers to the healthcare field. Kilgore College and UT-Tyler Longview teamed up to provide students with the opportunity last month. Students will be able to start the program at Kilgore College, and finish their Bachelor's Degree at UT-Tyler's Longview campus. Stephen F. Austin in Nacogdoches accepts more than 200 nursing students every year.