NEW COLLEGES FORMED A plan to reorganize the College of Integrated Science and Technology into two colleges took effect July 1, 2012. The new colleges are the College of Health and Behavioral Studies and the College of Integrated Science and Engineering.
Nursing Department Receives Training Grant
The Nursing Department has received grant funding for a two-year period that will allow them to admit 10 additional students to the Fall 2002 junior nursing class and to provide tuition assistance to 20 junior and senior nursing students. The funding is provided through an H1-B Training Grant, awarded by the US Department of Labor (USDOL) and administered by the Shenandoah Valley Workforce Investment Board. Purposes of the grant are to support professional training in order to decrease the nation's dependency on foreign professional and specialty skilled labor and to reduce the number of H1-B visa applications of foreign workers. Funding is targeted to selected health occupations such as nursing (along with occupations in manufacturing and information technology).
During the past few years the nursing shortage has grown to crisis proportions nationwide. Ironically, interest and applications to JMU's nursing program have grown, along with a wait list of students unable to enter the program. The H1-B Training Grant provides much - needed support to "grow" the program and to provide tuition assistance to students seeking nursing as a career. Students who accept the assistance will agree to live work within the grant region for one year following graduation and licensure as a registered nurse.