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Looking Back: MCC nursing program marks milestone

Anniversary celebration scheduled

Warren Weekly | Published May 7, 2018

MACOMB COUNTY — It all started in 1968, when more than a dozen students graduated from the first-ever Macomb Community College nursing program.

Fifty years ago, there was a national movement by the medical community for community colleges to create educational programs to fill a growing need for more nurses to serve a growing population.

Since that time, MCC officials have trained countless students to become caring and qualified nurses, having granted 5,200 associate degrees in nursing over the past five decades. Classes are offered at the MCC Center Campus in Clinton Township.

To honor the program’s history, faculty will hold a reunion for all MCC nursing program graduates from 6 to 8 p.m. May 22 at the Lorenzo Cultural Center, located on the Center Campus site at 44575 Garfield Road. For more information on the reunion, call (586) 445-7302 or email alumni@ma

Rosemary Lake became a professor with the college’s nursing program in 1971. She recalled the early days of the program.

“The college was surrounded by farms. It was a beautiful little campus,” Lake, who retired in 2006, said in a prepared statement. “We didn’t have formal labs or a lot of advanced equipment, so we converted classrooms to create a laboratory experience to prepare the students for a hospital setting. It was bare bones.”

Over the years, the college has expanded and now includes modern equipment, new facilities and the latest teaching techniques.

According to Rosanna Sassin, manager of nursing and patient education at St. John Hospital and Medical Center, and a nursing educator for 20 years, the MCC nursing program gives students “a strong foundation.” Staff teaches the art and the science of nursing, and the students are well-prepared. That includes achieving “very high scores on the National Council Licensure Examination.”

— Source: Macomb Community College