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PCC Awards 13 Practical Nursing Certificates on Aug. 21

August 20, 2013

Pinning Ceremony is one of five held each year

Tucson, AZ -- While Fall semester classes start Aug. 28 at Pima Community College, one of its clock-hour training programs offered through the Center for Training and Development celebrates its latest cohort of Practical Nursing certificate completers.

On Aug. 21, 13 students, who have earned certificates in the high-demand profession of Practical Nursing, will participate in a Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony, which includes a candle-lighting and recitation of the Nightingale Pledge.

Practical Nursing, Nursing Assistant and a refresher for Registered Nurses are among CTD's nearly two dozen clock-hour certificate programs. 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.

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 is expected to rise.

Prospects for Licensed Practical Nurse jobs are better than for most other Tucson jobs. In May 2012, the average hourly wage was $37.11 for Tucson jobs in the healthcare practitioner and technical occupations, according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Compare that to the average hourly wage in Tucson of $20.45, approximately 7 percent below the nationwide average of $22.01.

The U.S. Department of Labor predicts that employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses will grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations.

  • What: PCC Center for Training and Development’s Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony
  • When: 4 p.m., Aug. 21, 2013
  • Where: Cafeteria, Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz
  • Details: 13 graduates
  • Info: 520-206-5100

This year, CTD is celebrating its 50th anniversary. It is based at PCC's Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz.

CTD was born as the Tucson Skills Center, a result of the federal Manpower Development and Training Act of 1962, which the U.S. Department of Labor says, "endeavored to train and retrain thousands of workers unemployed because of automation and technological change."

In its 50-year history, CTD has trained approximately 50,000 people through evolving programs developed in response to current or emerging workforce needs. CTD partners with Pima County One-Stop, which connects job-ready youths, adults and dislocated workers to jobs in local high-demand growth industries. CTD's overall completion rate is 90 percent, with an 85 percent job placement rate.

CTD certificate programs offer different levels of training, based on students' skills assessments and career goals, and each is based on skill progressions matching available position upgrades. A student can complete a certificate, go to work, return to CTD for more advanced training and be eligible for a higher skilled, higher paying job. Most trainings last less than one year, and some just a couple of months.

As part of the 50th anniversary celebration, CTD is hosting a gala reception and silent auction on Sept. 4, with proceeds benefiting the new CTD 50th Anniversary Endowment, administered by the Pima Community College Foundation.

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