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CONTACT: Suzanne Perry, Expanded Access
Program Coordinator, 304-424-8385|
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WVU Parkersburg’s Expanded Access program reaches rural areas in W.Va.
Parkersburg, W.Va. 7/1/11 – More than 120 students have successfully completed West Virginia University at Parkersburg’s Expanded Access Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program, which is planning for its final semester this fall. Planning for the grant-funded program began in 2009, with the goal to bring nursing education to rural communities through a partnership with the Mid-Ohio Valley Rural Health Alliance. WVU Parkersburg is planning to continue offering CNA training to students after the grant funding ends in January 2012.
The Department of Labor, Employment and Training Administration funded the $469,164 grant for this three-year program. The program began offering CNA classes in Parkersburg, Spencer, Saint Mary’s, and Sistersville in January 2010. Currently, the program boasts a 100 percent state certification pass rate. Classes are also broadcast from WVU Parkersburg’s main campus to five locations, including Roane General Hospital (Spencer), River Valley Health & Wellness Center (Ravenswood), Coplin Memorial Community Health Center (Elizabeth), Ritchie County Primary Care Center (Harrisville) and Sistersville General Hospital.
“We’ve been successful in helping students overcome barriers by providing CNA training in geographic areas that aren’t currently served by post-secondary education,” said Suzanne Perry, Expanded Access program coordinator. “Students have reported savings in transportation costs, and they don’t have to sacrifice as much time away from family and work to complete the program.”
Courses offered are created to help students get on the nursing career ladder or move up. They also serve as prerequisites for admission to the nursing program at WVU Parkersburg and health career training programs at WVU Parkersburg and other colleges. Fall classes for the Expanded Access CNA program are scheduled to begin the week of Aug. 22.
For a complete schedule of courses and information on how to enroll, visit www.wvup.edu/ExpandedAccess or contact Suzanne Perry at 304-424-8385 or email@example.com.
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