Education Briefs for Sept. 15

Minnesota West Community & Technical College PN program recognized in Minnesota

Minnesota West Community & Technical College was recently named fourth in Minnesota for PN programs by practicalnursing.org. When ranking PN programs practicalnursing.org considers multiple factors, including NCLEX-PN pass rates & statistics, accreditation, admission requirements, tuition & costs and other information. Twenty-six schools in Minnesota were analyzed to be ranked and the top 10 were recognized. Out of those 26 colleges, Minnesota West Community & Technical College has one of the best PN programs in the State of Minnesota. For additional information and a complete list of schools ranked in Minnesota, visit https://www.practicalnursing.org/lvn-lpn-ranking-methodology.

“Minnesota West Community and Technical College’s Practical Nursing has a long-standing reputation of excellence. Top national licensing exam passing rates and overall quality has achieved honors such as this top ranking within the state of Minnesota. We are proud of our students and instructors for their dedication to careers in nursing as they serve in healthcare for our communities,” Dawn Gordon, Minnesota West dean of Science and Nursing, said.

For more information, contact us at www.mnwest.edu or 800-658-2330.

Minnesota West to receive $172,800 in funds from the Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief Grant

Minnesota West Community & Technical College has been approved to receive the Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief (GEER) Grant award for the project of Remote Learning Resources in Nursing, for the award amount of $172,800 over a three-year period.

“The Remote Learning Resources in Nursing is a project designed to improve outcomes for college students and faculty as the adapt to new styles of teaching and learning due to disruptions caused by the Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19.)” At Minnesota West these funds will be utilized to increase the opportunities of virtual simulations for students to enhance the learning environment while being away from clinicals and supplementing clinical experience when students return to clinical sites in person. These funds will assist in providing a holistic quality education while keeping the costs of tuition and books affordable for all students.

“The Minnesota West Community and Technical College Nursing Department is excited to continue offering nursing training during the COVID-19 pandemic. We are using creative, real-life simulations to enhance nursing knowledge along with traditional patient care experiences with both the LPN and RN level programs. In a time when nurses are critically important, we appreciate the contribution from the Governor’s Emergency Educational Relief Grant to sustain nursing training,” Dawn Gordon, dean of Science & Nursing, said.

Virtual 29th annual Conference for Young Writers

Do your students like to tell scary stories, funny stories or stories about what they did or where they have been? If they can tell a great story, they can write a great story. The presenters at the Conference for Young Writers will teach students different writing styles and techniques to help them build a great story. During these sessions, students will explore their creativity and discover how to express thoughts using the written word. Students will learn that writing can be an exciting skill to have, which can open up a lifetime of opportunities for them.

This year’s conference is virtual to registered participants Oct. 19-23. Schools and parents can register their students. It is open to students in grades 3-12. The registration deadline is Sept. 29. Register online today at www.swwc.org/yw. If you have questions contact Andrea Anderson at 507-537-2257 or andrea.anderson@swwc.org.


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