Matthews-Mint Hill Education Notes – Aug. 31

Queen’s Grant High hosts admission meetings
Queen’s Grant High School, 10323 Idlewild Road in Mint Hill, will host admission information meetings at its main office building on Tuesday, Sept. 4 and Tuesday, Sept. 11 at 6:30 p.m.
Queen’s Grant Principal Mike Smith will speak to interested parents about what Queen’s Grant could offer their children. Smith will explain the vision of the school and will answer questions.  The school is still accepting applications for grades nine through 12. The deadline to apply for the 2012-13 school year is Sept. 14. Applications and reservations for the meeting are available at or call the admissions registrar, Amber Harrington, at 704-545-0736.

Matthews HELP Center needs school supplies
The nonprofit Matthews HELP Center still needs school supply donations for area children in need.
The center has more than 30 students on a waiting list but no supplies to give them. Drop off school supplies at the center, 113 North Ames St., from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday.
For more information, call 704-847-8383.
Wingate University announces bachelor’s nursing degree
Wingate University is now offering a bachelor in science nursing degree.
President Jerry McGee made the announcement last week after the degree program was approved by the North Carolina Board of Nursing.
“We are responding to what our healthcare community needs, and they have been fully involved in our decision making,” McGee said in a news release. “This program complements our other programs.”
The School of Pharmacy at the university is entering its 10th year and the Physician Assistant Studies program is entering its fifth year.
“The inaugural class begins this fall with 14 students,” Dr. Dorothy Herron, director of the nursing program, said in the release. “We hope for great things.”
The university’s four-year nursing program will be an “upper-division” nursing program, meaning students will take prerequisite courses during their freshmen and sophomore years and can then apply for entrance to the nursing program during the spring semester of their sophomore years. Admittance to the upper division is very competitive and will be granted based upon GPA, performance in prerequisite courses and an interview.
Graduates will obtain a Bachelor of Science in Nursing, or BSN, degree, but must pass the nursing board exam after graduation to work as a registered nurse.

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