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Gonzalez Toureilles secures $500,000 for CBC nursing program
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Rep. Yvonne Gonzalez Toureilles
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AUSTIN – The fledgling Registered Nursing Program at Coastal Bend College received a substantial boost after lawmakers set aside $500,000 for the program in the 2010-2011 state budget. The negotiated budget bill was passed on Friday and now heads to the governor.

The mission of the college’s Registered Nursing Program is to address the dire need for registered nurses in South Texas. A portion of the new state funding will be used to purchase two mobile labs -- one each year of the funding cycle -- to serve as first-rate training facilities that can be used among the multiple Coastal Bend College campuses.

“This funding will greatly benefit and enhance the nursing program at Coastal Bend College,” said Representative Gonzalez Toureilles. “More importantly, residents of South Texas will benefit from the college’s increased ability to recruit, train and produce well-qualified registered nursing candidates that, ultimately, will staff our local hospitals and health care facilities.”

The immediate impact of the funding will be the placement of 18 new RNs into the Christus Spohn Health System. The goal after two years is to expand facilities and educational opportunities at the Alice, Beeville, Pleasanton and Kingsville campuses. The ultimate goal is to implement articulation agreements with a four-year institution to provide full Bachelor and Master of Science degrees in nursing.

Representative Gonzalez Toureilles initially requested the funding increase in March.

“I want to thank budget conferees Representative Richard Raymond, D-Laredo, and Senator Juan “Chuy” Hinojosa, D-Mission, for their unwavering support and efforts to make sure it was included in the final budget.”

As always, Representative Gonzalez Toureilles encourages her constituency to contact her and her staff by calling toll free at 1-800-240-2294.
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