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.