Applied Tech PN Advisory Council Meeting – Thursday, October 20, 2016
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 Thursday, October 20, 2016 at SSD’s central office in Town & Country and included 29 advisory council members from long-term care facilities, health centers, rehabilitation hospitals, and home health care.
Algonquin Nurses Home Health Care and Festus Manor were presented awards in recognition for their continued support to practical nursing education with Applied Tech.
Council members reviewed and discussed Applied Tech’s mission, vision, key performance indicators, curriculum updates, clinical partnerships, technology and students resources, faculty and professional development, as well as workforce placement. Information regarding the next PN advisory council meeting, Health Career Expo, and the announcement of Applied Tech PN program celebrating 25 years in practical nursing education were also shared.
The faculty and 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 knowledge, providing guidance, and supporting students in becoming successful nurses.
Practical Nursing Graduates celebrate their achievement.
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 August 19, 2016 for the MET Center campus and September 23, 2016 for the South Tech campus. Valedictorians included Maureen Adory (Wellston campus) and Joshua Vines (South campus). The Dedicated Leader award and the Leadership award, which are selected by the students, were presented to JerWanda Luckett and Maureen Adory (Wellston campus); Angela Dodd and Tamika Henry (South campus). Nancy Huerta (South campus) received an award for perfect attendance. Presiding over ceremonies was Ms. Kim Rau, Site Coordinator. Also in attendance, Dr. David Baker, SSD Assistant Superintendent and Mr. Dennis Mix, Director, Department of Adult Education.
Applied Tech’s 2016 Health Career Expo and Spring Advisory Council Meeting were held on March 15, 2016 at South Tech located in Sunset Hills. The Expo included over 100 participants representing 47 employers, 12 community resources, and seven schools. The spring advisory council attendance included 56 individuals from 26 employers, four resources, two schools, the Applied Tech faculty and staff, and South Tech High School Health Sciences’ faculty.
Health Career Expo survey results indicated 100% overall satisfaction, 97% would attend next year, and 100% would recommend expo participation to other businesses. Ninety-four percent of employers specified that their companies had current job openings for CNA, CMT and/or LPN. Companies commented they enjoyed the ability to network with other employers, the high number and wide variety of interested students, the quantity and quality of students in attendance, the size and organization of the event. Advisory members enjoyed an informative meeting with dedicated staff who showed they are committed to the success of the students and the program.
Also, in attendance at the Expo included were more than 265 students/graduates and staff from the Applied Tech Practical Nursing program and the Health Science students from North and South Tech High School.
A complimentary buffet lunch was catered by the South Tech Culinary Arts Department to all participants.