Minnesota State College-Southeast Technical proudly graduated 29 students from its 2-Year RN Mobility program this week, in ceremonies held in Winona and Red Wing. Fourteen nursing students from Winona gathered for recognition at the Watkins Manor in Winona Thursday, December 18th; 15 students received honors in Red Wing at the St. James Hotel, December 19th.
According to Ron Matuska, Executive Vice President, this is a significant step for the college because "it offers the opportunity for LPN's to move to the RN level, the program is designed for students who have earned their LPN degree." Matuska stated that "an articulation agreement between Southeast Tech and Winona State University allows credits to transfer between institutions." This offers students the opportunity to pursue the bachelor degree at a four-year state institution if they chose to continue.
This initial graduating class sets the pace for future endeavors. "This class is the measurement for the next level - certification from the National League of Nursing (NLN)", Matuska added. Nursing shortages everywhere have created national attention; this region, known for its healthcare belt between LaCrosse, Winona and Rochester has focused on filling this urgent need through education.