Sandburg Aiming to Add Practical Nursing Program in Carthage

GALESBURG — Carl Sandburg College is pushing to bring a practical nursing program to its Carthage campus.

The Sandburg Board of Trustees during its regular monthly meeting Thursday was briefed on the results of a feasibility study regarding the potential addition of a practical nursing (PN) program to its location in Hancock County.

If approved, applications for the program will be open from Oct. 1-March 1, with classes starting in the 2024 fall semester. The Carthage campus currently offers a certified nurse assistant (CNA) course. Sandburg plans to present to the Illinois Board of Nursing in September for approval of the program.

Also Thursday, Vice President of Student Development Autumn Scott shared with the Board that Sandburg has 48 international students enrolled for the fall semester. Of those, 15 are from Brazil, 14 are from Kenya and five are from Spain. There are 27 international students who are new to Sandburg and 21 returning for their second year.

Emma Smith was sworn in as the student trustee for the 2023-24 academic year during the meeting.

In other business, the Board approved the following:
• Employment of Lisa Hanson as dean of enrollment management, effective Sept. 1.
• Employment of Michael Patilla as dean of transfer, effective Jan. 1.
• Employment of Angela Snow as director of advising/registrar, effective Sept. 1.
• Employment of Jay DeFord as infrastructure services specialist, effective Sept. 1.
• Employment of Gabriel Sherwood as coordinator of financial aid, veterans and military services, effective Sept. 1.
• Termination of Lindsey Huber as presidential coordinator, effective Aug. 15.

The Board’s next regular monthly meeting is 7 p.m. Sept. 28 on the Galesburg campus.