Two GC Programs Receive Exemplary Program Awards
Grossmont College is about to teach the nation a thing
or two about prize-winning programs of instruction that
get future collegians and nurses onto the fast track.
Grossmont’s “Middle College High School” program, as
well as its accelerated nurse training strategies, both
are being honored with awards from the National Council
of Instructional Administrators at the annual conference
of the American Association of Community Colleges. The
awards were to be presented at the conference in
Minneapolis in late April, the Middle College High
School receiving first-place recognition and an
honorable mention going to the nursing program.
Additionally, Grossmont faculty and staff will present
workshops on these exemplary programs to community
college board members, administrators, faculty and staff
from across the nation.
The Middle College High School program, initiated in
2001, offers a challenging environment for learning to
high school students who feel unchallenged by their
traditional high school curricula. The program is
designed to offer talented students the opportunity to
reach beyond the typical high school setting into an
environment where they may realize their learning
The competitive opportunity is offered to students in
the 11 high schools in the Grossmont Union High School
District. GMCHS, as it is called, graduated its first
class of 29 students last spring; two more classes of
similar size have been enrolled.
The innovations in the nursing program were inspired by
a statewide shortage of nurses and a two-year waiting
period for student admission into the traditional course
of instruction. Among the new programs is the Evening
and Weekend Accelerated Nursing Program. The program
offers free, 18-month training to working adults, with
classes meeting Wednesday evenings and Saturdays.
The accelerated program will add about 30 additional
nurses every 18 months to the 165 graduated annually
through the standard nursing program at the college.
Another initiative, the Welcome Back Participant
Accelerated Nursing Program, is designed to transition
international medical graduates (IMGs), most of whom
were trained as physicians, into a nursing career.