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Vermont Tech’s nursing program holds open house

For more information about the Southeast Region Campus of Vermont Tech’s Nursing Program, call 802-254-5516.

BRATTLEBORO—Vermont Technical College’s Nursing Program will hold an open house on Tuesday, Dec. 11, from 3 to 5 p.m.

It will be held on the second floor of the Brooks House on Main Street (between Main Street and the Harmony Parking lot). Nursing faculty and staff will be available to answer questions about the program and offer tours of the facilities.

Many people walking on Main Street in Brattleboro are often unaware of the hard-working instructors and student nurses just above them in the Brooks House, who represent only a part of the over 400 faculty, staff and students who make up the Vermont Technical College’s Nursing Program.

“More than 3,900 nursing-related job vacancies are expected in Vermont between now and spring of 2020,” as VTDigger,org recently reported.

Brattleboro, along with Springfield, Vt., and Keene, N.H., represents the VTC’s Southeast Region Campus, one of five regional campuses with nine different locations across the entire state of Vermont.

Vermont Tech offers a one-year Licensed Practical Nursing Certificate, a two-year Associates Degree in Nursing, plus an online Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree.

How do students from so many different areas of Vermont receive instruction? In a news release, Becky Steele, Vermont Tech’s Site Director for the Southeast Region, explained.

“Most of our students are non-traditional,” she said, “meaning they are adult learners often with families, children or may be single parents. Adult learners can’t live in residence halls as the Randolph Center students do, so we have to find a way to bring their education to them.”

Whether it is a nursing student in Southern Vermont, Western Massachusetts or the Monadnock region of New Hampshire, nursing education is brought to students through lectures, clinical rotations and Telepresence (instructors teaching live over interactive television).

The Vermont Tech nursing program graduates have some of the highest pass rates for their boards in the nation and each year the program graduates approximately 130 future RNs and soon-to-be LPNs. There is also an online BSN program.

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Originally published in The Commons issue #488 (Wednesday, December 5, 2018).

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