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State of the Art Nursing Program Makes Positive Impact in McDonald County

McDonald County has a new college campus with state of the art equipment.
JANE, MO.--- McDonald County has a new college campus with state of the art equipment.

"It's the people, they are so proud this is here," said Keith Lindquist, McDonald County Presiding Commissioner

It's the new Crowder College campus in Jane. The new facility will hold up to 300 students including 50 nursing students. It's the nursing program that's getting McDonald County excited about the new school year.

"They're excited and it's not just young people. I was talking to a lady that was in her 50's and she said, 'I am going to be the first graduating class from down here because I am going down there to sign up in the nursing program.' So everyone is excited," said Lindquist. 

The new campus has several students from Joplin, Neosho, and McDonald County as well as Arkansas attending this semester. A Crowder nursing professor thinks the Jane campus is a good choice for the community. 

"I think it's going to impact them greatly, because of the convenience and the availability to go on to secondary education. It's been something needed in this county for a long time," said Judy Lewallen, Nursing Professor. 

The McDonald County presiding commissioner says he's thankful for the support of the community. 

"It's unbelievable the support, because these are just individuals, not wealthy people, but coming in giving money to build this college and it was all built from donations," said Lindquist.

Lindquist says he hopes the students will bring their education back to the community. 

"The best part is you educate these kids and if they're from here, they might bring some industries back to our county. We think that will happen," said Lindquist.
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