FMCC nursing program off to good start

GLOVERSVILLE — Around 100 people so far have shown interest in the new licensed practical nursing program started between Fulton-Montgomery Community College and Maria College.

FMCC President Dustin Swanger said during Thursday’s Board of Trustee’s meeting that he is excited about the new agreement between the two entities.

Swanger said the college has had close to 100 people express interest in the LPN program since it was announced the two entities would be combining.

The program will allow working adults to take nursing courses from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturdays and Sundays and potentially finish in four terms. The first term, this spring, will be held at Maria, located on New Scotland Avenue, every other weekend, starting Jan. 13, and requires no health-facility-based clinical.

Swanger said this LPN program will allow students to take their liberal arts courses from FMCC and their nursing courses at Maria College, meaning students will be jointly enrolled in both FM and Maria College.

“It’s a great opportunity for us to add another health care program to our offerings without taking on the expense of another health care program,” Swanger said.

The first term, this spring, will be held at Maria, located on New Scotland Avenue, every other weekend, starting Jan. 13, and requires no health-facility-based clinical. Maria hopes to begin with at least eight to 12 students, said John Ramoska, Maria’s director of admissions.

During the remaining three terms, students will meet every weekend for nursing courses at FMCC via interactive video technology from Maria. Clinical experiences will be arranged at area hospitals. Maria, which has had the weekend program for many years, already has clinical arrangements with Albany Medical Center, St. Peter’s Healthcare in Albany and Ellis Hospital in Schenectady, but other arrangements are reportedly possible.

Students interested in the joint LPN program should apply to Maria online via and pursue financial aid through that college.

The program could become even more important with a new bill that was recently signed into law.

FM Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Greg Truckenmiller said Gov. Andrew Cuomo has recently signed the “BS in 10” bill that will require associate prepared nurses to earn their baccalaureate within 10 years.

He said current students will be exempt and anyone currently working will be exempt.

“That is going to make our partnerships with Maria and others… all that much more important. So students understand that there is a pathway,” he said.

∫ The college is gearing up for the return of the TED x FMCC on Jan. 31.

Board President Jennifer Gardella said the event is put on by the Fulton Montgomery Young Professionals Network of the Fulton Montgomery Regional Chamber of Commerce.

Swanger said the theme of the event will be taking what the area has and rethinking how it can be reused, including buildings.

“I think it is going to be a really interesting session,” Swanger said.

The second TEDx event will start at 6 p.m. in Raiders Cove. Featured speakers include: Aneesa Waheed, entrepreneur and restaurateur; Barbara Madonna, director, Gloversville Public Library; Doug Plummer, mayor, trustee, actor, hospitality expert; Tolga Morawski, director of board, Mohawk Valley Collective, and Jason Radalin, assistant professor at Fulton-Montgomery Community College.

∫ The next “Fifth Friday” speaker series will return on March 30 at 11:30 p.m. Trustee Taiyebeh Ghazi-Moghadam said the topic will focus on the Opioid Crisis in the region.

The event will be held at the new Allen House building on campus.

∫ Ghazi-Moghadam said the college’s foundation has also been awarded $500,000 in funding to remodel the college’s theater. She said there is also a commitment from Stewart’s Shops of $75,000.

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