Introduction from Don Jones
Kurt is a graduate of ATA College’s Practical Nursing Program. He is now completing an RN bridge program at the Shanghai Institute of Health Science (SIHS) in Shanghai, China. This is his second full year in China and he is scheduled to graduate in Spring 2012. ATA College originally signed an affiliation agreement with this college in the summer of 2010. The agreement allows for graduates of our Practical Nursing program to continue their education abroad in China. Eventually, ATA College hopes to offer an RN bridge program here in Louisville or at our college in Florida. Once we are approved to offer an RN program at either location, we can then enroll Chinese students that wish to study abroad in the United States. We are very excited about this mutually benefiting arrangement. The Chinese people and government place great value on quality education. This affiliation agreement once again affirms that ATA College is a quality organization that places student achievement and career success at the forefront.
Kurt Albright-June 1, 2012
Well, this will be my last entry from China. June 7 I head back to the US. It will be nice to see folks back home, but I am not sure I am ready to leave Shanghai. Tonight I went to visit the family I tutored last year. The kids are doing great. I played Scrabble with the younger boy, then went with the family to meet the older boy for dinner. It has been a year since I have seen them, but it feels like it was just last week. Tomorrow I will see Kasumi for the last time, then go to my classmates home for a goodbye party. Her roommate is moving to the US. Next week is a graduation ceremony for the nursing program. What a ride. Still so much to do. One last bike ride with Aaron to some island in the northeast part of Shanghai, two more tests and one last meal with the American teachers. Afterward it’s home to an expired drivers license, no job, and a national exam. It’s all good. See you guys in about 10 days.