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Cox College's learning model will look different when classes start back up on August 17.

The college’s curriculum will be delivered in a hybrid model of in-person and virtual classes, according to a news release.  The goal, it said, is to keep students off-campus “when appropriate.”

When students arrive on campus, they’ll be required to undergo a screening for COVID-19 symptoms and get a temperature check.  They’ll also be required to wear masks.

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Cox College is going to offer Associate of Science in Nursing degrees to students at two new satellite campuses.  One will be in Branson on the Cox Medical Center Branson campus.  The other will be in Monett at Scott Regional Technology Center.

Classes will be offered at night and on weekends, according to CoxHealth.  Each class will have ten students, and classes are expected to begin in January 2021.  The campuses could offer other degree programs in the future, according to CoxHealth.

The Missouri State Board of Nursing has approved expanding five of the state’s nursing programs, adding 250 slots for future students.

State officials say the move aims to help reduce nursing vacancies. The profession has one of the highest vacancy rates in the health sector, with 13 percent of positions unfilled in Missouri, according to the Missouri Hospital Association.

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Donors along with Cox College employees and students took turns swinging a sledge hammer at a wall Monday to begin an estimated 18-month project to completely renovate the school at Cox North.

"Today is Demo Day.  This is the day the construction begins," Lisa Alexander, president of the CoxHealth Foundation, told the crowd gathered on the college's third floor.

She said the project was "100 precent funded through philanthropy."

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Cox College will offer a new nurse practitioner program focused on psychiatric and mental health needs starting this fall.

Elicia Sutton, chair of Cox College’s Master of Science in Nursing program, said the college decided to offer the new program because of the growing need for mental health providers across the country.

Cox College Names New President

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After a nationwide search, Cox College trustees have chosen one of the school’s current administrators as its new president.

Dr. Amy DeMelo has served as the college’s vice president for academic affairs since 2014.

“This is an exciting time to be involved in health care and education, and I’m looking forward to being involved in the many opportunities ahead of Cox College. We have a wonderful group of people dedicated to making a difference for our students and the community as a whole, and I’m privileged to be part of those efforts,” DeMelo said in a news release.

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Cox College says it wants to raise $6.6 million to update its facilities and expand training services at its north Springfield location.

The organization announced Friday that the renovations could eventually allow for another 25-50 nursing students each year.

According to a news release, the Cox Foundation launched the capital campaign a month ago and has already received $1.4 million from several lead donors.  

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Larry Barnard serves as an example of why Wednesday’s HOPE Connection and Veteran Stand Down event in downtown Springfield exists: To end homelessness.

A volunteer this year, Barnard was a past beneficiary of the services HOPE Connection offered, from healthcare to employment. The retired veteran moved to Springfield to be with his daughter. After she passed away, he lived on the streets for three and a half years.

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Cox College is celebrating its newest edition to assist its occupational therapy students with the opening of a new training facility.  

Cox Cottage, as it’s being called, is a roughly 900-square foot ADL (Activities of Daily Living) apartment unit inside Cox North that allow students to learn how to help patients with everyday skills such as cooking, vacuuming, eating, bathing and even sleeping.

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More students than ever before are enrolled at Cox College this spring.  According to the college's vice president of College Services Institutional Research, there are 877 student currently enrolled. That's 22 more than were enrolled during a record spring enrollment in 2015.

Dr. Jim Moore said they've seen a steady increase in enrollment for the past five years in part because of the demand for skilled workers in the healthcare industry.