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Homewood earns salute for boosting HCC's LPN program

October 21, 2004

The Hagerstown Community College Board of Trustees officially recognized Homewood Retirement Centers at its meeting recently, for supporting the school's practical nursing program.

"Everyone at Homewood has provided wonderful support and educational opportunities for our practical nursing students," said Pat Williams, HCC practical nursing instructor.

"Through this program, we are helping students' dreams become reality and helping address the nursing shortage that is so prevalent locally and nationally," Williams said.

Homewood agreed last year to help HCC implement a practical nursing program by funding a full-time faculty position.

This past May, the first class of 22 students graduated from the program and another class of 31 students began.

"HCC students are blessed to have the opportunity to gain knowledge and put theory into practice through the program with Homewood," said student Kevin Skrabak.

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Student Dara Phillips said, "Because of this program, I have been given the opportunity to get an education in a promising and rewarding field."

Students who complete the program are eligible to take an exam to become a Licensed Practical Nurse.

This type of training can be completed in one year, compared to two or three years for higher credentialed nursing programs, HCC said in a news release.

"It gives students the opportunity to enter the work force immediately or continue their studies toward an associate degree," the college said.

For information on HCC's practical nursing program, call 301-790-2800, ext. 276.

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