GRAMBLING, La -- - UPDATE:
For Grambling State President Rick Gallot, the return of the school's nursing program feels like it's just inches away.
After two successful reviews, he prepares to jump one last hurdle at the state capital. The louisana board of nursing.
Everywhere i go people are stopping me saying look we're pulling for you..we're pulling for grambling
The Betty E. Smith building hasn't seen and undergrad nursing student in over two years but with the help of a new program Grambling is hoping to fill it back up with highly qualified future nurses.
A move that would mean a lot to Tarshia Jackson, who was there when the program was taken away.
"It does feel incomplete I'm a student right now in the grad program and the class is so small," she said.
Once the program is brought back then the real work begins
"Once we are re-opened we will continue to have laser focus on keeping the program at the level that it should be," Gallot said.
When the new program begins, the bar will be raised.
"Faculty will have to be more experienced more credentialed to ensure that we've got the best of the best," Gallot said.
"If they can get some really good professors that will be able to deliver the material effectively to the students I think that's going to be great," Jackson said.
One reason he's so focused?
This mission means a lot for the Gallot household.
"Not only is my wife a product of the programm but her mother, my mother-in-law, is also a product of the program," Gallot said.
A little bit of an extra push to make sure the new program is a success.
"It's about as big a deal in my household as it gets," he said.
If the Louisiana Board of Nursing approves, the program will be re-instated and GSU will start recruiting faculty and staff for the start of the fall 2018 semester.
University President, Rick Gallot, and Dean of Nursing Dr. Meg Brown will travel to Baton Rouge one last time to lobby for the return of Grambling's nursing program.
School officials will pitch to the Louisiana Board of Nursing on Wednesday June 8, 2017.
If the school is able to jump this last hurdle, GSU will begin hiring staff and recruiting students for the Fall 2018 semester.
KTVE/KARD reporter Randall Newsome will have updates as this story develops.
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