During the October meeting, the Klein ISD Board of Trustees recognized Catherine Gray, Director of Nursing for Lone Star College – Tomball, as the October Stand Up for Texas Public Schools honoree.
“It is our honor to recognize Lone Star College – Tomball for their unwavering commitment to public education and to Catherine Gray for her vision,” says Bill Pilkington, Klein ISD Board President.
Gray had a dream to establish a dual credit LVN transition to RN program, and shared it with Klein ISD. Her dream became a reality in the fall of 2017 with the creation of the Advanced Nursing Pathway Dual Credit Nursing Program, a one of a kind pathway that allows Klein ISD high school students multiple choices when entering the field of nursing. Students will be eligible to earn the Certified Nurse Assistant Level 1 Certificate and Associate of Arts Degree from Lone Star College before graduating high school. Students also have the opportunity to complete up to 18 credit hours toward the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) Level 2 Certificate. After they successfully complete their coursework, within 4 semesters after high school graduation, students will be able to apply for an Associate of Applied Science program to be dual degreed, apply for licensure as a Registered Nurse (RN) and then articulate to a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. The program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing and so far has been successful, with 90% of the first cohort completing their junior year.