WVU Parkersburg opening five health career learning centers this week.
August 24, 2010
CONTACT: Dr. Rhonda Richards, senior vice president for academic affairs, 304-424-8242; Suzanne Perry, Expanded Access program coordinator, 304-424-8385.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
West Virginia University at Parkersburg is opening five Learning Centers at clinics and hospitals this week as part of a project to expand access to nursing education opportunities in rural areas.
Centers are opening at Roane General Hospital, River Valley Health and Wellness Center in Ravenswood, Coplin Memorial Community Health Center in Elizabeth, Ritchie County Primary Care Center in Harrisville, and Sistersville General Hospital.
The learning centers are designed to offer tutoring, basic skills' remediation, on-line general education coursework and mentorship for those interested in pursuing health careers.
The college will offer Medical Terminology and Introduction to Health Careers classes at the learning centers this fall. Nurse assisting classes will also be offered at WVU Parkersburg, Roane General Hospital and at the Mid‑Ohio Valley Technical Institute in St. Marys.
WVU Parkersburg opened its first Learning Center at Camden-Clark Memorial Hospital in April.
The college received a $469,164 U.S. Department of Labor grant for the “Expanded Access Program: Utilizing Technology to Train Nurses in Our Rural Communities” project. It is a collaboration of WVU Parkersburg, the Mid-Ohio Valley Rural Health Alliance and the Workforce Investment Board of the Mid-Ohio Valley.
An additional $310,946 from WVU Parkersburg and its project partners will be invested in the three-year project, bringing the total commitment to $780,110 for the nursing education training project.
Additional information is available by contacting Suzanne Perry, Expanded Access program coordinator at WVU Parkersburg, 304‑424‑8385.