Department chair Susan Schmidt created the program along with Aspen Valley’s assistant administrator, Linda Karaus, a 1989 M.B.A. graduate. “We’ve been trying to get something like this set up with local hospitals but haven’t had any success,” says Schmidt. “I was talking to Linda at a cocktail party and she went back and put the whole thing together on their end in about a week.”
The hospital benefits because it gets first shot at hiring the best nursing students, says Schmidt. The University benefits because it has a great incentive to offer potential students. And the students benefit because, well, who wouldn’t want to live and work in Aspen?
Illustration by Dave Beck