The Houston Independent School District will announce Jones Futures Academy as the site for a new registered nursing pathway provided through a partnership with Prairie View A&M University’s College of Nursing.
Students will take anatomy and physiology college coursework that directly aligns with Prairie View’s nursing degree plan while still in high school, allowing students to more quickly complete a bachelor’s degree in nursing after high school graduation — within just two to three years as opposed to four-and-a-half. The courses will be offered through HISD’s existing partnership with Houston Community College and taught at HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences in the Texas Medical Center. Students will also receive mentoring, college advising, and work-based learning opportunities from Prairie View’s College of Nursing. The partnership will serve to expand and bolster Jones’ existing Allied Health program, which currently offers students the opportunity to graduate with an associate’s degree and certification as a licensed vocational nurse.
HISD Board of Education Trustee Paula Harris, HISD Chief of Major Projects Don Hare, HISD Futures Academy Assistant Superintendent Michael Love, Prairie View A&M University President George C. Wright, HCC Coleman College for Health Sciences Acting President Michael Edwards, and Jones Futures Academy Principal Geovanny Ponce as well as students and staff.