Carroll to Begin New Partnership with St. Augustine Preparatory Academy

Author: Tim Muma

Published Date: 7/27/2023

Categories: Nursing

Carroll University is pleased to announce a new partnership in which its Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) will be offered on site at St. Augustine Preparatory Academy (known as “Aug Prep”), a high performing K4-12 non-denominational Christian school located on Milwaukee’s south side.

Carroll’s ADN program was founded and initiated in 2021 at the United Community Center (UCC). Due to enrollment growth for both UCC and Carroll’s ADN program, the current UCC space was no longer adequate for the program, and a new location was needed to ensure a continued quality program to best serve the community. Operating after school hours at Aug Prep, Carroll’s ADN program will serve 24 students per cohort aiming to become RNs in just two years. With the goal of training more nurses to provide culturally competent care, Carroll’s ADN program aims to attract traditionally underrepresented students who live and work in the community.

“Carroll University is committed to delivering our high-quality nursing program within the community, and we are excited to have found Aug Prep as a new partner in that endeavor,” said President Cindy Gnadinger. “Aug Prep’s mission and vision perfectly align with Carroll, making this partnership a great fit for both institutions. We are excited to work with Aug Prep to help more people on the southside of Milwaukee enter the high-demand field of nursing, and along the way, introduce Aug Prep students to this meaningful career.”

Opened in 2017, Aug Prep serves more than 1,500 predominantly low-income students of color by focusing on the whole child through academics, faith, arts/athletics, and family support. According to the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s most recent report card, Aug Prep is the top K-12 school in the state and the highest-rated high school in Milwaukee. As part of this program, Carroll will provide two school nurses to serve Aug Prep students during the academic year, as well as allow students interested in a career in nursing to participate in job shadowing and job skill development.

“As an active member of our community, we are happy to welcome Carroll University and its students to our campus as they work to achieve a family-sustaining career in health care,” said Abby Andrietsch, chief executive officer of Aug Prep. “At Aug Prep, our vision is to graduate well-rounded, academically prepared leaders of tomorrow. This is an exciting opportunity for our students and families to gain additional exposure to a future in health care through Carroll University’s outstanding ADN program. We hope many of our students and their families will participate as well as they grow their future careers.”

Carroll’s ADN program is designed to address the nursing shortage while also increasing workforce diversity in the healthcare industry. The ADN is geared to help students quickly transition into the workforce to start a healthcare career as a highly sought-after registered nurse.

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