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WCCS BOOST students earn credentials

In October 2013, Wallace Community College-Selma received a $3.25 million grant through the United States Department of Labor. After receiving the grant, the college launched its “Better Occupation Outcomes with Simulation Training” program (BOOST). The program offers students an opportunity to earn three different medical certifications in three semesters while obtaining a Patient Care Technician certificate and certification. The three certifications are Electrocardiography, Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy.

The Patient Care Technician program curriculum is unique because it is developed based on the concept of stackable credentials. Students can choose to enter the workforce as phlebotomist as they continue to go to school to complete the Patient Care Technician Certificate. After completing the program of study, they can receive the Patient Care Technician certification which qualifies them to work in the areas of EKG Technician, Nursing Assistant and/or Phlebotomist.

Since the inception of the Better Occupational Outcomes with Simulation Training (BOOST) Grant, Health Sciences and Nursing faculty and staff have worked hard to create dynamic curriculums that embrace simulation technology. To date over 67 students have received 114uniques credentials in EKG, CNA, and/or Phlebotomy.

Several graduates have gained employment at local senior care nursing facilities and hospitals through networking opportunities provided through clinical experiences. Additionally, many graduates have entered other WCCS Health Sciences and Nursing programs to further their career aspirations.

“The College wishes these special graduates a long and successful career in the important profession of nursing. We know they will be outstanding leaders in their field,” said Johnny Moss, BOOST recruiter.
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WCCS BOOST students receive financial support from local organization, private donors, and churches

WCCS BOOST students receive financial support from local organization, private donors, and churches

Wallace Community College expresses their gratitude to local supports. Twenty-five WCCS first year Patient Care Technician students received financial support for their program requirements, while the program was pending Title IV grant approval. The Students were able to use the donation to purchase uniforms and books for their classes and clinical. Since that time, the Patient Care Technician Program at Wallace Community College Selma has received approval for Title IV funding. Future students who attend the program may apply for and use Pell grant funds for tuition and expenses if they qualify.

“We appreciate the generous donation that each person made to support, and encourage our BOOST students,” said Gloria Simmons, BOOST Career Coach. “Their gifts uplifted and inspired our students to continue in the face of adversity. Students had the option of enrolling in Title IV approved programs, but were committed to remaining in the Patient Care Technician program.

“We would like to thank the following sponsors: Pastor Ralph Edwards, Helping Hands Bible Ministries; Pastor Michael Wyatt, Plantersville Christian Church; Pastor Eddie J. Marshall, Greater St. Paul Baptist Church; Pastor John Grayson, Gospel Tabernacle Church of God in Christ; Chad McEachern, Executive Director & CEO of Edmundite Missions; and Judge Robert Armstrong III, Blue Jean Church, for their generous donations to our students,” said BOOST program director Veronica Brown. Their support assisted students in covering the financial requirements of this program. As a result, program participants will complete this semester, take their first certification exam in Phlebotomy and continue to pursue the Patient Care Technician Certificate, which is a three semester program of study.

The Patient Care Technician program curriculum is unique because it is developed based on the concept of stackable credentials. Students can choose to enter the workforce as phlebotomist as they continue to go to school to complete the Patient Care Technician Certificate. After completing the program of study, they can receive the Patient Care Technician certification which qualifies them to work in the areas of EKG Technician, Nursing Assistant and/or Phlebotomist.

In October 2013, Wallace Community College-Selma received a $3.25 million grant through the United States Department of Labor. After receiving the grant, the college launched its “Better Occupation Outcomes with Simulation Training” program (BOOST). The program offers students an opportunity to earn three different medical certifications in three semesters while obtaining a Patient Care Technician certificate and certification. The three certifications are Electrocardiography, Nursing Assistant and Phlebotomy. For more information about the BOOST Program visit www.boostmedwccs.org and complete a Program Interest Form or call 334-876-9233.

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WCCS faculty trained for new program

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Several faculty members at Wallace Community College Selma felt like students again Friday, as they went through simulation training to learn how to use the college’s four new advanced life simulators.

Health Care Simulations of South Carolina was on campus Friday to teach members of the nursing faculty how to use the new technology, which is capable of taking students through a myriad of scenarios that will challenge them.

“The faculty is starting the training process that will allow us to create realistic clinical scenarios in a classroom training setting, which will help the students increase their knowledge of critical thinking and create real life type situations without the threat of hurting the patient,” said Veronica Brown, who serves as WCCS’ Better Occupation Outcomes with Simulation Training program director.

The four ALS simulators and four SimPads were bought with a $3.25 million grant through the Department of Labor’s BOOST program. BOOST, which is named after the grant, is a new program of study at WCCS that allows students an opportunity to earn medical degrees in electrocardiography, nursing assistant and phlebotomy.

Read more from Daniel Evans: http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/2014/07/11/wccs-faculty-trained-for-new-program/#ixzz3QuQGwYyw

Image Caption: Wallace Community College Selma faculty members Suzette Martin laughs while working with an advanced life simulator at college Friday.

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WCCS to offer new programs

Wallace Community College Students will have a new medical program starting in Fall 2014.

In October, Wallace Community College—Selma received a $3.25 million grant through the Department of Labor’s Better Occupation Outcomes with Stimulation Training Program. After receiving the grant, the college launched its BOOST program, named after the grant. The program offers students an opportunity to earn three different medical certificates — Electrocadiography, nursing assistant and phlebotomy. Part of the grant was also dedicated toward the improvement of the Advanced Visualization Center at Wallace, which offers students an opportunity to work with 3-D models of organs and body parts. Wallace spokesman Johnny Moss said the grant would allow students to create 77 additional objects.

BOOST program director Veronica Brown said students could continue through the whole program, becoming certified as a patient care technician, or stop at any point, after receiving a certificate.

“Students don’t relate to lecturing right now,” Brown said. “The BOOST Program will allow students to be hands on learners and become involved with technology. It’s a good starting point for students that are interested in health care.”

Read more from Josh Bergeron: http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/2014/03/22/wccs-to-offer-new-programs/#ixzz3QuQibGen

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WCCS earns $3.25M grant

Wallace Community College-Selma is looking to expand nursing programs after receiving a $3.25 million grant as a part of the Department of Labor’s Better Occupational Outcomes with Stimulation Training program. Wallace Community College-Selma President James Mitchell said the school plans to spend some of the money on its Advanced Visualization Center, which allows students to put classroom learning into practice.

“It’s really going to take it to the next level,” Mitchell said. “We will be buying more equipment and enhancing what we already have with the Advance Visualization Center. We are also trying to create new pathways to health careers.”

A total of $474.5 million in grants was given to colleges and universities around the country for the development and expansion of training programs.
A consortium of community colleges in Alabama, North Carolina and South Carolina received a total $25 million with a focus in health care. Wallace Community College-Hanceville received $3.22 million.

Read more from Josh Bergeron at: http://www.selmatimesjournal.com/2013/10/12/wccs-earns-3-25m-grant/#ixzz3QuQwZJDV

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