Joshua Area Chamber                

  • 03/18/2022 2:55 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    HILLSBORO, Texas—Hill College is now offering a hybrid option for its Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN) and Paramedic Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN) Transition programs, which will run from June to May. The first cohort begins June 6, and the application deadline is April 1.

    The college was recently approved to offer the program in a hybrid format to offer more flexibility for its students and is only one of few hybrid programs offered statewide. All theory course work of the hybrid programs will be conducted online, which will include discussion questions, scenarios, and case studies. The only face-to-face requirements for students include completing major exams in a Hill College testing center and 12 hours of training each week at a clinical facility. The traditional face-to-face program will still be offered as well.

    “Most of our transition students work full-time and have requested this type of program for the transition,” said Lori Moseley, Hill College Dean of Health and Public Service Pathways. “With a hybrid program, students will not be required to take off as much time at work. I would encourage LVNs and paramedics who have some successful experience with online classes to apply for this program as it could be more convenient for their work schedule.”

    Hill College Professional Nursing Program Coordinator, Dr. Dawn Cox, said the hybrid program is a great opportunity for LVNs and paramedics to return to school and to help the community and local health care facilities.

    “Students will be able to expand the knowledge they bring with them into the program,” said Cox. “These students have always been a fantastic addition to our program, but many have not been able to return to school due to time restrictions. So, I wanted to be able to help with the nursing shortages and give these working students an option that would allow them to keep working and still be able to come back and complete their RN. This helps the communities and facilities have quality nurses who might not have been able to return to school.”

    Interested students must hold a valid unencumbered Texas LVN license or Texas Paramedic certification/licensure. Students must also have a grade of B or better in the following pre-requisite courses: Anatomy and Physiology I and II in the last five years; Lifespan Growth and Development; Composition I; and College Algebra.

    Students already admitted to Hill College can apply for the ADN Transition program directly at Interested LVNs and paramedics who are not currently admitted to Hill College must first apply for admission at

    For questions or additional information, please contact the program directly at 817-760-5921 or 254-659-7920.

  • 02/10/2022 5:50 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Please join us in welcoming Mary Merino as the new JACC CEO! President Miranda Stewart is moving on to a bright future at the Joshua YMCA. We will miss her dearly and thank her for years of dedication to the chamber!

    Mary is Creator and CEO of The Spanglish Casita, Vision Strategist, Co-Founder of the MomBoss Sip n Shop, connector and advocate for female small business owners everywhere.

    Mary is married and has two teen children in JISD. Since their kindergarten years, Mary has been actively involved in PTO at North Joshua Elementary serving in many capacities including President and VP for 3 years. She left her traditional job seven years ago to pursue building a direct sales business which has her leading a strong team. Through networking for her own business, she was lead to do helping other women find clarity in their entrepreneurial journey so she began coaching as Vision Strategist. In true go-getter form, she and a couple of friends founded and created the MomBoss Sip N Shop which focuses on creating unique shopping experiences for the public and promoting and marketing for predominantly female owne, local small businesses.

    Mary actively sits as Committee Chair for Johnson County Young Life and does her parent volunteer duties for whichever organization her kids are participating with at the moment.

    Mary brings strong leadership skills, non profit management experience and practical knowledge of small business ownership with fresh and clear vision of ways to promote local business to the broader community.

    Her positive attitude and servant leadership will bring a wealth of experience to the chamber.

Joshua Area Chamber P.O. Box 1292, Joshua, TX 76058

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