Quad Citizen: Tracy Poelvoorde

Quad Citizen: Tracy Poelvoorde

Flight Nurse, Goat Rancher, Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences Graduate

Quad Citizen Profile

Tracy Poelvoorde is Chancellor of Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences and understands the value of higher education. She is one of many who moved away from the Quad Cities to return home.

Initially a graduate of Augustana College with a BA in Biology, Tracy also received a diploma in Nursing from United Medical Center School of Nursing in Moline. United Medical Center School of Nursing is one of five predessor schools that later became Trinity College of Nursing & Health Sciences. She and her husband moved to Jackson Hole, Wyoming and then to Pocatello, ID where she received her BS in Nursing in 1995 and then her MA in Nursing in 2000.

Moving back to the Quad Cities in 2000, Tracy joined the faculty of Trinity, becoming Director Of Nursing Programs in 2005, and Dean of Nursing and Health Services in 2009. She then became Chancellor in 2014.

Born in Moline, and raised in Coal Valley, Poelvoorde says family was one of the big reasons she returned to the Quad Cities. She and her husband now live on a five acre farm where she raises dairy goats and her husband raises exotic waterfowl. Tracey says she's learned a lot raising her goats, and enjoys learning and doing new things. She also loves the outdoors, biking and kayaking.

She says the colleges in the Quad Cities “enrich us” and pull people in from outside the community, citing students from Alaska, California, New York, “from all over the United States” and beyond. While 70% of Trinity's students are from Iowa and Illinois, 80% of the total students graduating choose to stay right here in the Quad Cities. Poelvoorde says typically 100% of the students are employed prior to graduation. With a nationwide nursing shortage, this helps to fill that gap. Plus, she adds, the people who come from outside the community and choose to stay here in the QC “makes our community richer.”

Tracy says that the Quad Cities provides a wide variety of educational offerings, both public and private, and although the schools are competitors, “they are competitors with a purpose.” She believes the Chamber provides additional awareness that we have a variety of higher education institutions. Tracy is a perfect example of how you can come home again and excel in the Quad Cities.

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