[Beyond the 57 new students who enrolled for the fall semester,] Adding 10 who signed up for the two-year degree after completing RCC’s LPN program, and five more who transferred to RCC from other colleges, the total of 72 students tops the program’s previous high from fall 2007 by more than 25 percent.
This is further evidence of the incredible effort being put forth by Virginia’s Community Colleges to meet Virginia’s nursing shortage. The commonwealth is expected to need an additional 22,600 new nurses by the year 2020.
Currently, graduates of Virginia’s Community Colleges account for roughly half of the commonwealth’s new nurses every year.
And since the 2002-2003 academic year, the number of nursing graduates at Virginia’s Community Colleges has increased 52%.
It’s hard to say where Virginia would be on this critical issue without its community colleges.
Posted by Jeff Kraus