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Cost of training nurses overstated

Thursday, December 14, 2017 by Jo Clifton

Hard as we try to give you accurate information, sometimes we receive inaccurate information and pass it along. Such was the case in November when we quoted Capital IDEA Executive Director Steven Jackobs, who told a Council committee the cost of preparing a nurse at Austin Community College was around $74,000. That number should have been $46,000, according to Jessica Vess, associate director of communications at ACC. She said, “This total includes all college-related expenses such as faculty and staff salaries, operating costs, etc. Nursing students enrolled at the college pay $5,100 in tuition and fees (in-district) to complete the program,” over a two-year period. Vess told the Austin Monitor the numbers that Jackobs was using were out of date, and Jackobs has acknowledged that his data was flawed.

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