Applied Tech is now accepting applications for the Spring 2015 Practical Nursing program at the MET Center and South Tech.
Application Deadlines:February 23th 2015 - MET Center class starting March 23rd 2015March 13th 2015 - South Tech class starting April 13th 2015
All application requirements are to be completed by the above dates to be considered for selection. Register to take the entrance exam here or call 314-989-7570 today for more information.
A cornerstone in developing and implementing high quality occupational education, advisory councils serve to tie the needs of business and industry to a school’s instructional objectives and are essential in ensuring educational programs fully meet the needs of the community.
Applied Tech’s Practical Nursing program advisory council meeting was held on October 10, 2014 at South Tech in Sunset Hills and included 18 advisory council members from acute and long-term care facilities, hospitals, and home health agencies. Other advisory council members included South and North Tech High School Health Science teachers, Applied Tech faculty and staff, SSD staff and administrators, and Dr. Paul Bauer, SSD Assistant Superintendent.
Dr. Paul Bauer and Kim Rau, Applied Tech LPN Coordinator, presented Recognition Awards to companies for their continued support to Practical Nursing education with Applied Tech. The following companies were recognized: Delmar Gardens and Christian Hospital received a 10 year award; Green Park Senior Living/Advance 360, Ascension Health Senior Care (Alexian Brothers), Children’s Home Society of Missouri, Friendship Village, Bethesda, and Mount Carmel Senior Living received 5 year awards.
Council members reviewed and discussed Applied Tech’s key performance indicators, curriculum updates, clinical partnerships, technology and students resources, faculty and professional development, as well as workforce placement. Additionally, information regarding the marketing strategy, PN leadership program, and the announcement of the Health Career Expo to be held on March 11, 2015 were shared. Finally, a discussion on acute and long-term care needs, the challenges facing facilities, and the future role of the LPN in the community was initiated and methods to meet those needs were discussed.
The staff at Applied Tech would like to thank the members of the advisory council for their continued dedication in strengthening our PN program by sharing their wealth of knowledge, providing significant guidance, and helping our students to become successful nurses in our community.
After a challenging year of study, practical nursing graduates celebrated with staff, family and friends as they received their certificates. Fall graduation ceremonies were held at South Tech on September 12, 2014 for the Wellston campus and September 19, 2014 for the South campus. Valedictorians included LaToya Thompson (Wellston campus) and Tiearra Nobles (South campus). Leadership awards, which are voted on by the students, were presented to Alicia Douglas (Wellston campus) and Daphine Dortch (South campus). Presiding over ceremonies was Ms. Kim Rau, Site Coordinator. Also in attendance, Mr. Dennis Mix, Administrator-Adult Education, and special guests Dr. Paul Bauer, Assistant Superintendent of SSD, and Mr. Don Bohannon, Superintendent of SSD.
Applied Technology Services Health Career Expo continues its success again this year. The Expo included 89 participants representing 40 employers, 5 community resources, and 7 schools. Survey results from participants include 100% overall satisfaction; 100% would attend next year; 100% would recommend to other businesses. 44 companies had current job openings for CNA, CMT and/or LPN and 25 companies noted they currently employ our CNA, CMT or LPN graduates. Attendees commented that they enjoyed the the ability to network with others, the high number, wide variety, and professionalism of students in attendance and the organization of the event to include the buffet lunch.
Also, in attendance more than 275 current/previous students and staff from the Applied Technology Services Practical Nursing program, Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) program, Certified Medication Technician (CMT) program, and Health Science students from North Tech High School and South Tech High School. Students were provided the opportunity to fill out employment applications and distribute their resumes in an effort to secure employment.
Lesley Walker graduated September 2013 (9/2012 - 9/2013)
She worked as a CNA and CMT for 17 years before deciding to take the next step in her dream of becoming a nurse. An opportunity presented itself that permitted her to work part-time and go to school full-time to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. She chose Applied Tech’s LPN program on the advice of a friend who was a recent graduate of the program and because of the program’s location.
Lesley says you have to be dedicated and work together with fellow students in order to complete the program. Her motivation came from just knowing what was to come upon completion of the program. “I am proud to say that I am a nurse. This was the first thing that I have ever done for myself,” she said.
Upon graduation she was hired by a long term care facility where she previously worked as a CMT. She considered herself part of this long term care facility’s family. A month after graduation she passed her state board exam, transitioned into her new position as an LPN, and just one year later was promoted to nurse manager. When she reflected on the Applied Tech PN Program, she stated, “I truly feel that the program gave me what I needed to be successful”.
Lesley plans to further her education to become an RN.