A new partnership was made official this morning (January 4) between Tompkins Cortland Community College and Cortland Regional Medical Center. The presidents of both organizations signed a formal agreement at the TC3 extension center on South Main Street in Cortland.
The agreement will expand the College’s nursing program and even provide an additional class in the evenings to allow for the addition of 20 students a semester into the nursing program.
Additional faculty and other costs for the expansion will be supported in part by a $450,000 investment from Cortland Regional over the next five years.
Cortland Regional President Mark Webster says the hospital’s official merger with Guthrie Clinic is currently being delayed pending final approvals at the State Attorney General’s Office in Syracuse.
Still, Webster says the new affiliation with Guthrie played a major role in their ability to deliver support to TC3:
“This partnership has been in the works since long before our partnership with Guthrie, but they are certainly providing us with the financial stability and strength to support initiatives such as this program.”
TC3 Professor and Chair of the College’s Nursing Program Kim Sharpe says the new format will be attractive to a new group of people, adding that it will become “only nursing program in the region to offer all of the classes and clinical hours during the evening,” making it an option for people who need to work while attending school.
The new format will officially begin in January 2020. Under the agreement, CRMC will give payments to the College to fund the addition of one full-time and two adjunct faculty members.
Once the new evening program begins, TC3 will have a total of 150 students in its two nursing programs.