GVSU, MCC to Sign Nursing Agreement on April 27

Leaders from Grand Valley State University and Muskegon Community College (MCC) will officially sign a concurrent enrollment agreement on April 27 that will provide MCC students with a seamless transition to a bachelor’s degree in nursing.

The concurrent enrollment agreement is between MCC’s Applied Science Nursing Program and Grand Valley’s Kirkhof College of Nursing’s (KCON) RN to BSN program.

Representatives from Grand Valley and MCC will sign the agreement Wednesday afternoon at the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences, 301 Michigan St. NE in Grand Rapids.

Cynthia McCurren, dean of KCON, said the agreement will provide MCC students who are interested in participating in concurrent enrollment with resources and coordinated advising services between the two nursing programs.

“We are very pleased to work closely with Muskegon Community College on this agreement to support nurses as they advance their education,” McCurren said. “This type of collaborative model is emerging across the nation as a strategy to avoid duplication, steward resources efficiently, and build on the strengths of each institution on behalf of students and their success.”

Dale Nesbary, president of MCC, said the agreement helps students achieve their goal of earning a bachelor’s degree while taking classes in Muskegon.

“Muskegon Community College is pleased to join with Grand Valley in this effort to meet the health care needs of West Michigan,” Nesbary said. “This agreement will provide efficient and effective academic pathways for our students, as well as deliver additional nursing talent for the many healthcare institutions in our region.”

Gayle R. Davis is the provost and executive vice president for Academic and Student Affairs at Grand Valley. She commended both institutions for their collaboration to make this a sustainable working model.

“MCC has a longstanding standard of excellence associated with its nursing program, as do we,” Davis said. “Grand Valley is so very pleased to collaborate with MCC to provide this opportunity for nursing students.”

Grand Valley’s RN to BSN program is offered in a hybrid format that blends online learning with in-seat meetings.