Wood County Technical Center Offers Free Tuition for Adult Practical Nursing Program

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PARKERSBURG, West Virginia (WTAP) –

The Wood County Technical Center offers free tuition to people living in West Virginia for its adult practical nursing program.

Tuition fees cover the full 12-month programme.

Students take courses and clinics to help them become a licensed practical nurse.

The Wood County Technical Center is looking for new ways to enroll students in its adult nursing program.

School officials say they have always offered financial aid, but this is the first year that they will use this funding to cover tuition at the start of the process.

West Virginia students will have their tuition paid, but will still need to apply to the FAFSA to help cover all other costs.

Beth Carter, the practical nursing coordinator, says the feedback has been good from applicants to the program.

“Applicants are thrilled when they found out that we were able to offer the tuition free. So we generated a lot of interest in the program and when they approached us, it was one of the main reasons why they contacted us is because of the free courses, because otherwise they would not have been able to apply and participate in the program.

Jason Hughes, director of the Wood County Technical Center and Caperton Center, says it’s great to be able to provide this opportunity to local residents.

“I think it’s wonderful. I think there’s a lot of people who may be struggling right now, and just with the way the economy has been and it’s a wonderful opportunity for people to improve themselves, to put themselves in a better financial position. Now it’s work. They will work a lot this year. Just to make this opportunity available, I think is very special.

The nursing program has three instructors and up to 30 students in each class.

There are no prerequisites required for admission, which school officials say sets the Tech Center program apart from other programs in the region.

Carter went on to explain how this funding opportunity can impact students.

“With the adult learner, these free courses just help them commit to the 12 months and study and pass their NCLEX and become a licensed practical nurse.”

Hughes also expressed his thoughts on the importance of this type of program for the region.

“By following any program like this or any kind of engaging career-focused program, I think it can build an individual’s confidence and skills. Let them maybe find their passion and purpose in life, then keep building on that and moving forward.

He went on to explain that the funding is made possible through the Senate bill.

Free tuition only applies to residents of West Virginia…but there are other financial aid opportunities available for out-of-state students.

If students want to learn more about the program and possible financial aid, you call the Tech Center at 304-420-9501.

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