DATE:  July 8, 2005
CONTACT: Mary Ann Rojas, President/CEO Work-Force 1, (361) 225-1098; or Jorge Ramirez, Assistant VP, Marketing and Communications, (361) 825-2427  

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WHO:       Mary Ann Rojas, President/CEO Work-Force 1; University President Dr. Flavius Killebrew;

                Dr. Mary Jane Hamilton, Dean of Nursing and Health Sciences

 WHAT:     Announcement of Work-Force 1 Funding of Nursing Faculty Position at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

WHEN:      Friday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m.  

WHERE:    Corpus Christi Hall, Chapman Conference Room

Work-Force 1 to Address Nursing Shortage by Funding Nursing Faculty Position at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi

Work-Force 1, the Coastal Bend Workforce Development Board, will address the area’s critical shortage of registered nurses by funding a nursing faculty position at Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi for a two-year period beginning with the Fall 2005 semester.

Work-Force 1 President and CEO Mary Ann Rojas and University President Flavius Killebrew will make the formal announcement on Friday, July 8 at 10:30 a.m. in the Corpus Christi Hall, Chapman Room.

In the last year, Texas schools have turned away 6,500 qualified nursing students due to lack of capacity, which includes space, faculty, and clinical facilities. Nationally, the U. S. Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts a shortfall of one million registered nurses within seven years. The Bureau also predicts that about 16 percent of all new wage and salary jobs created between 2002 and 2012 will be in health services.

The College of Nursing and Health Sciences currently enrolls 500 students taught by 24 faculty members. Over 300 students met the GPA and prerequisite criteria this year for 90 slots available in the program, with highly-qualified students rejected because of faculty shortages.