FOSTER, W.Va. — The Boone County Career and Technical Center (BCCTC) is currently looking to add a licensed practical nurse (LPN) program to its curriculum.
Paula Web, a registered nurse with BCCTC, explained, “Southern [Southern West Virginia Technical and Community College] (SWVCTC) gave us the license to go for it. The LPN program is something we have been wanting at BCCTC for a long time.”
Kathy Hill, also with BCCTC, noted recent surveys of jobs of the coalfields have revealed less jobs are available for registered nurses than were previously thought and more positions for LPNs are available.
Web added the school is teaming up with Lincoln County Career and Technical Center to provide adult educational training where none is currently available.
BCCTC’s current truck drivers program will be utilized to allow for bussing of students from Lincoln County to Boone County to attend to the LPN classes.
A small bus owned by BCCTC will be used to transport the students.
Hill explained the LPN classes will be taught at Boone Memorial Hospital and SWVCTC will offer further training complimentary to the LPN classes.
“They are actually giving space at BMH to hold this program because the vocational school is busting at the seams — which is a wonderful thing. We are partnering with SWVCTC and they are going to develop a one plus one program, so once you become an LPN and you want to go on to become a RN, you can do that at the community college,” commented Hill.
Support for adult learners in the LPN program will also be offered and grants for former coal miners and their families are often available to help defray the costs of retraining in other fields.
Owen Wells is a reporter for Civitas Media. He can be reached at 304-752-6950 ext. 1729 or by email at [email protected]