The Sandusky City Schools licensed practical nursing program already has proven to be a huge success with its first graduating class, providing for a bright future for those graduate and for the region.
There were 240 applicants for the 40 available spots in the school when the program began in May, and these graduates worked hard to accomplish becoming licensed practical nurses in an era when such professionals are in demand in the job market.
The program is designed with its own sort of regional cooperation that makes this initial success even more important to the community. The Sandusky Career Center School of Practical Nursing curriculum is tied to the registered nursing programs at the Firelands Regional Medical Center School of Nursing and the registered nursing program at BGSU Firelands. The graduates have a leg up on these programs and will be able to complete registered nursing training in half the time it would take other students.
They also have a clear understanding of the rigorous scholastic demands of the coursework and the profession.
The coordinated efforts of these educational institutions not only serve students, they also serve the community and residents by providing a sorely needed resource. The graduates and every individual involved in this initial success, and the promise of future successes, have proven that cooperative efforts work and have given the community a model worth duplicating.