Cumberland County Technical Education Center recently celebrated the graduation of 28 local students from the school’s Licensed Practical Nursing program.
CCTEC Superintendent Dr. Dina Elliott noted that nearly 1,300 nursing graduates have completed their studies at the school since 1969 to go on to fulfill the variety of health care job opportunities in the area.
“Our newest graduates will eventually serve as successful contributors at local medical offices, surgical centers, rehabilitation facilities, health-related clinics and homecare services after they pass the required exam,” said CCTEC Principal Patrick Cruet.
Nationwide, an average of 84 percent of the candidates who sit for the National Council of State Boards of Nursing licensing exam pass it the first time they take it; Dr. Elliott said that CCTEC students have averaged a 97 percent passing rate on their initial try.
“In fact, local students of CCTEC’s LPN program have maintained an annual passing rate well above the national average for more than 30 years,” Dr. Elliott said. “We’ve repeatedly had entire nursing classes pass the national nursing standards exam after completing our 11 month program. Most important, like last year’s 33 licensed practical nurses, all are now placed and actively working in the health care field.”
For 45 years, CCTEC has been providing technical education to high school students and career-focused adults from throught Cumberland County, with a majority of the students coming from Vineland, Millville and Bridgeton.
The center’s career and technical education tracks include many allied-health programs such as nursing, pharmacology, dental and sports medicine. Other fields of study are related to automotive technologies, construction trades, cosmetology, culinary science, engineering, information technology, and law and homeland security.
After more than four decades, Cumberland County Technical Education Center will be transitioning to a full-time high school curriculum beginning in 2016 in a new building located on the campus of Cumberland County College.
“The new and more accessible facility will offer local students a single, fully-integrated high school experience to guarantee that they receive a more focused and formative secondary education,” Dr. Elliott said.