May 3, 2022 – Tuscaloosa, Alabama – Shelton State Community College (SSCC) is pleased to announce its partnership with Bibb Medical Center (BMC) in Centreville, Alabama. The partnership will launch a practical nursing (PN) program to prepare nurses and strengthen the West Alabama workforce. The new program will begin in the fall semester.
The application period for the BMC PN program begins June 1, 2022, and ends July 1, 2022. Special information sessions for the program will be held at the newly opened Wellness Center on Bibb County Medical facility’s main campus on Tuesday, May 10 and Tuesday, May 24 from 6:00 p.m. until 7:00 p.m. Employees from SSCC will be on hand to answer questions about the new partnership, as well as questions concerning programs already in place at BMC, such as the certified nursing assistant and medication aide programs.
Students admitted to the BMC PN track will attend classes and training at BMC’s soon to be renovated clinical space. Additionally, students will receive financial assistance to cover tuition, fees, books, and other expenses. All participating students will have a job offer upon program completion and must commit to working two (2) years as a practical nurse at BMC.
Looking ahead to the extended potential of this partnership, both SSCC and BMC are fully committed to the new endeavor.
“At the end of the day, a community college should focus on providing resources for its community,” stated Dr. Chris Cox, SSCC’s Interim President. “This partnership will obviously provide educational and financial opportunities for students, but the bigger picture includes future sustainable employment, a more robust workforce, and an increased number of healthcare professionals in West Alabama.”
Increasing the number of skilled nurses is a priority of the partnership, as echoed by Joseph M. Marchant, BMC Chief Executive Officer. “We are excited to provide access to more people interested in entering healthcare. Shelton State has an excellent nursing program, and we’re committed to this partnership and its potential to train the next generation of nurses to serve our community.”
For those unable to attend the information sessions listed above, more details about the SSCC/BMC partnership for PNs are available by contacting firstname.lastname@example.org.