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September 7, 2017 The Hesston RecordSeptember 7, 2017 The Hesston Record

Bethel Helps Student Navigate A Rough Road

Posted 6/1/2017

by Melanie Zuercher

 NORTH NEWTON – When Morgan Schrock walked across the platform May 21 to receive her diploma from Bethel College, she finished a journey that had more roadblocks than she might have imagined.

 Schrock, of Hesston, earned a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree, with honors, and already has a job lined up in the medical-surgical unit at the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital in Iowa City.

 But there was a time when she wondered if she’d ever see this day.

 Schrock grew up in a Mennonite family, attending First Mennonite Church of Christian in Moundridge with her family for her first few years of life, and then Whitestone Mennonite Church after they moved to Hesston.

 Her church’s and her parents’ teachings were a big part of why “I always wanted to help people,” she says.

 However, when she thought about a future career, it wasn’t necessarily nursing – until, in Schrock’s junior year at Hesston High School, her mother, Rhonda, was diagnosed with breast cancer.

 “The nurses who took care of her [at Newton Medical Center] were great,” Morgan Schrock says, “and that got me interested in nursing.”

 After graduating from high school in 2012, Schrock went to Kansas Wesleyan University in Salina. For the first two years, she says, “everything went great.” She completed her prerequisites and was accepted into the nursing program as a junior.

 Then, in her second semester, in spring 2015, “we began to notice things were different than in the first semester. We started to hear rumors that our program would lose its accreditation – but when we asked, our instructors would tell us, ‘We are in the middle of switching our accreditation.’

 “[In late February 2015,] we were pulled into a meeting and told that, because of the switch, [the program] would be losing its accreditation as of the first of March.

 “I felt hopeless. I didn’t know what to do. I called my mom and told her I’d have to find somewhere else to go to school, or else I’d have to work at Salina Regional Medical Center for the rest of my life, because they were the only ones who would now accept [our degree].”

 Her mother suggested she look at several other area nursing programs. She did, but for a variety of reasons, they would have required her to go back almost to the beginning.

 What Rhonda Schrock remembers is getting off the phone with her daughter, feeling helpless, and “saying a prayer” for things to somehow work out. She got in her car to run an errand – and heard a radio ad for the Bethel College nursing program.

 “I knew it was God letting me know there were answers.”

 “My mom called me back and said, ‘What about Bethel?’,” Morgan Schrock recalls. “So I started looking at Bethel.”

 Heather Moore, Bethel’s nursing admissions administrator, asked Schrock to send the syllabi for her current coursework at Kansas Wesleyan, “and they would figure everything out. They did – when and how I could take the classes I needed, what credits I already had that would transfer. It made the transfer painless.

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