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"We are continuing to refine the curriculum and we are also working on our proposal to send to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, our accrediting agency, so that if the moratorium is lifted, we will be able to submit all of our next steps in a timely manner," Sloan explains.
The new program would be aimed toward existing nurses wishing to earn a bachelor's degree.
Before the moratorium, TCC had gotten support from both Florida A&M and Florida State Universities which offer similar programs.
The college had already submitted a complete proposal to the Florida Department of Education for feedback, but it can't get final approval for the program by the State Board of Education until the moratorium is lifted.
Sloan hopes the program will be open and accepting students in January of 2016.
Gov. Rick Scott and legislators have spoken repeatedly about the need for more college students earning STEM degrees as a way to change Florida's workforce.
TCC already has a strong STEM program at its STEM Center for Excellence, Sloan said, but the new, formal relationships with local high schools should strengthen what TCC offers.
"Obviously, we already have a strategic plan and accountability measures," Sloan said.
"In many ways, we had just outgrown handling this without having an office committed to it on an ongoing basis."
It's essential that the college be able to assess how it is doing and in which areas it needs to improve, Sloan said.
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