State, college officials dispute claims nursing program at risk

Treasure Valley Community College (The Enterprise/File)

ONTARIO - The head of Treasure Valley Community College’s nursing program resigned last week, claiming the program was going to be shut down in an assertion that both college and state officials say isn’t true.

Paulla Mizer, hired last July to take over a program in turmoil, said in her resignation letter obtained by the Malheur Enterprise that an official from the Oregon State Board of Nursing made clear in a visit in October that the state “has every intention of closing the Treasure Valley Community College (TVCC) nursing program.”

The stunning development comes just as a new school year starts, with 20 second-year students and 14 first-year students. The nursing program is considered a “cornerstone” at the college, according to a statement by Dana Young, TVCC president.

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