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PCC Practical Nursing Students to be Awarded Certificates

April 2, 2013

8 of 17 Graduates Enrolled Through Federal Program

Tucson, AZ – Pima Community College’s Center for Training and Development on Thursday will honor 17 students who have earned certificates in the high-demand profession of Practical Nursing.

Eight of the students were enrolled through the College’s Pathways to Healthcare Program, a federally funded partnership between PCC and Pima County OneStop to help Pima County residents earn degrees or certificates in 16 specialized medical fields.

A total of 24 Pathways students have completed CTD’s Practical Nursing training since the launch of the partnership in September 2010.

"The Center for Training and Development and the Health Professions Opportunity Grant are both about changing lives and providing opportunity," said Brian Stewart, Director of both CTD and the Pathways program. "Together the two programs have supported individuals who may not have been able to access education that leads to self-sufficient employment; employment opportunities to which they now have access. These individuals are part of our community and are now able to care for it as the community and these programs have cared for them."

Pathways is five-year, $18.5 million Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program of the Administration for Children & Families of the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services. HPOG programs are designed to train recipients of federal Temporary Assistance for Needy Families and other low-income individuals, and get them jobs in healthcare professions that do not have enough qualified workers to fill all needed positions. Last fall, because Pathways exceeded enrollment goals through the first two years of the grant, Health and Human Services increased its funding, so more eligible county residents may get trained.

Anyone interested in enrolling in a Pathways program should call (520) 206-5250 for times and locations of upcoming information sessions. In addition, the federal is funding an evaluation to determine how the Pathways to Healthcare Health Profession Opportunity Grant helps people increase their skills and find jobs. Individuals who are eligible for the program and agree to participate in the study will be selected into the program based on a lottery.

CTD has five Practical Nurse Pinning ceremonies each calendar year, with approximately 16 in each group. The program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The graduates are eligible to take state and national licensing exams.

In 2010, the median annual pay nationally for LPNs was $40,380, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BOLS).

Among CTD’s nearly two dozen clock-hour certificate programs, it offers Nursing Assistant and Practical Nurse training, as well as a refresher for Registered Nurses. PCC also offers a Practical Nurse credit-based certificate and a Licensed Practical Nurse certificate exit option in its Associate of Applied Science degree program at West Campus.

This year, CTD celebrates its 50th anniversary. PCC has run the center since 1979 when it took over administration of the Tucson Skills Center, and in 1993 renamed it the Center for Training and Development. Since 1963, CTD has trained approximately 50,000 people through evolving programs developed in response to a current or emerging workforce needs.

According to the BOLS, employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Factors in the growing demand are the aging U.S. population leading to an increased overall need for healthcare. LPNs are employed in such healthcare settings as hospitals, physicians’ offices and outpatient clinics, as well as in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, where demand especially is expected to rise.

  • What: PCC Center for Training and Development’s Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony
  • When: 4 p.m., April 4, 2013
  • Where: Cafeteria, Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz
  • Details: 17 graduates; ceremony includes a candle-lighting and recitation of the Nightingale Pledge
  • Info: 520-206-5100; Center for Training and Development Web page

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850