WKCTC Gets $106K Grant for Nursing Program
By West Kentucky Star Staff
PADUCAH - West Kentucky Community & Technical College has been awarded a grant of more than $100,000 from the Delta Regional Authority for an initiative to expand workforce development opportunities.

Board member and Governor Andy Beshear made the grant announcement on Thursday.

"A well-trained workforce is crucial when it comes to maintaining the state's strong industrial position and providing stable jobs with good wages for Kentuckians," said Gov. Beshear. 

WKCTC is receiving $106,580 for its LPN-RN Accelerated Bridge program, which pairs online coursework with a simulation lab to allow students to complete the LPN-RN program in as little as one year. This program will help offset a nursing shortage by placing well-trained employees into the workforce by training up to 45 LPNs.

"WKCTC is the primary source of RNs for the region, and a recent regional hospital survey predicted a sustained need for more graduates to meet workforce needs," said Dr. Shari Gholson, WKCTC dean of nursing. "The quickest way to get more RNs into the workforce is for LPNs to upskill by becoming RNs through our LPN-to-RN Accelerated Bridge program."

The project was selected as part of a $1.6 million investment in workforce training programs across the 8-state Delta Region. 

Published 09:56 AM, Thursday Dec. 03, 2020
Updated 06:17 PM, Thursday Dec. 03, 2020



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