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Center for Training and Development Honors 18 Graduates of Practical Nursing Training Jan. 24

January 24, 2013

Tucson, AZ – PCC's Center for Training and Development will honor its first 2013 class of students to earn certificates in the high-demand profession of Practical Nursing.

A total of 18 students will receive their certificates at the Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony at 4 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24, at Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz. For a list of student names, instructors and administrators, see the ceremony program that accompanies this press release.

CTD has five Practical Nurse Pinning ceremonies each calendar year, with a half dozen to approximately 20 graduates in each group. The program is approved by the Arizona State Board of Nursing. The graduates are eligible to take state and national licensing exams.

In 2010, the median annual pay nationally for LPNs was $40,380, according to the U.S. Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics (BOLS).

This year, CTD celebrates its 50th anniversary. The state used federal funding to establish the Tucson Skills Center in 1963. PCC eventually took over administration and, in 1993, renamed it. In that time, CTD has trained approximately 50,000 people through evolving programs developed in response to a current or emerging workforce needs.

Among CTD’s nearly two dozen clock-hour certificate programs, it offers Nursing Assistant and Practical Nurse training, as well as a refresher for Registered Nurses. PCC also offers a Practical Nurse certificate, as well as a Licensed Practical Nurse certificate exit option in its Associate of Applied Science degree program at West Campus.

According to the BOLS, employment of licensed practical and licensed vocational nurses is expected to grow 22 percent from 2010 to 2020, faster than the average for all occupations. Factors in the growing demand are the aging U.S. population leading to an increased overall need for healthcare. LPNs are employed in such healthcare settings as hospitals, physicians’ offices and outpatient clinics, as well as in nursing homes and assisted-living facilities, where demand especially is expected to rise.

  • What: PCC Center for Training and Development’s Practical Nurse Pinning Ceremony
  • When: 4 p.m., Jan. 24, 2013
  • Where: Cafeteria, Desert Vista Campus, 5901 S. Calle Santa Cruz
  • Details: 18 graduates; ceremony includes a candle-lighting and recitation of the Nightingale Pledge
  • Info: 520-206-5100; Center for Training and Development Web page

C.J. Karamargin
Vice Chancellor for Public Information and Federal Government Relations
(520) 206-4850