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• have resulted in revamped nursing curricula for practical nursing and registered nursing (ASN). The group also is developing an ASN to bachelor’s degree completion pathway. And, finally, project staff and faculty have been participating in statewide efforts to develop an Allied Health common core curriculum. If approved, the new ASN program is expected to be launched in fall 2016; the new LPN program is expected to have a spring 2017 start date (students will begin pre- requisites in fall 2016.) RevUp Grant program: GFC MSU, as the lead college in this 13-member consortium of two-year colleges in Montana, continues its work on the RevUp project funded in October 2013 by a $25 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor’s TAACCCT program. The project has resulted in revamping of the college’s welding program into stackable credentials, intensive individual coaching for students, course sharing among collaborating campuses, and development of a fabrication program at GFC MSU. The project also included hiring a workforce navigator at each college to recruit students, do case management and build industry relationships. In response to an internal survey, navigators were asked how many students had enrolled that without the navigators’ off-site personal contact likely would not have done so. The average response was five. Based on that, project staff calculated that with tuition and FTE valuation, the impact of those additional students was $124,000 for the college. The stackable credentials offer students multiple places to earn a credential, especially useful for those who cannot continue to obtain a certificate of applied science or associate of applied science. A graphic showing the potential power of awarding these credentials is included on the following page. The chart after that shows the results of the intensive individual coaching by InsideTrack. Great Falls College Montana State University 16
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