4-yr nursing programs at community college: DOA

ILLINOIS -- It's back to the waiting list for thousands of students hoping to earn a four-year degree at local community colleges. A bill pushing to change two-year nursing programs to four is scrapped.

It would have opened the door for 7,000 more students to earn nursing degrees and ultimately help with shortages in the medical field.

Eleven community colleges, including Lincoln Land, in Springfield and Parkland, in Champaign, were included in the list of schools. The bill saw its end Tuesday event after leaders from a  public university gave testimony.

The bill's sponsor, Senator Andy Manar (D) says he's upset with the outcome and accuses the university's representative of lying in the meeting.

Manar says universities continue to have long waiting lists for nursing programs and, by blocking the legislation, low-income students will continue to lose out on higher education.


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