West Kentucky Community and Technical College receives $210,000 grant for nursing program

PADUCAH, Ky. (KFVS) – West Kentucky Community and Technical College (WKCTC) has received a $210,000 grant to expand training programs for in-demand health professions.

The two-year grant is from the Kentucky Council on Post-Secondary Education (CPE) Health Workforce Collaborative Program.

The WKCTC says the funding will be used to address the regional nursing shortage by creating a new, accelerated, fully hybrid Licensed Practical Nurse to Registered Nurse (LPN to RN) transition program for practicing LPNs.

According to WKCTC, the project will include newly designed courses, weekend clinical learning experiences, and nursing-specific student mentoring and support. The completion time for the new program will be 12 months, with the first batch of students starting in fall 2023.

“This new program is designed for practicing LPNs who need a flexible program that allows them to continue working while they take the courses to become an RN,” said Vanessa Lyons, Access and Outreach Coordinator. successful completion of the WKCTC nursing program.

Shari Gholson, Dean of Nursing and Allied Health, said 100% of WKCTC RN students are consistently hired upon graduation.

“The fastest way to bring well-prepared RNs into the region’s workforce is for LPNs to become RNs through the new Accelerated Hybrid Program,” Gholson said. “This two-year grant will allow the WKCTC to expand its programming to address the shortage of registered nurses in the region of purchase. We anticipate that the hybrid delivery format will open access to the educational mobility opportunity to a greater number of students. »

For more information about the WKCTC nursing program and other health education programs, contact the admissions office at [email protected] or 270-534-3435.

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