Nursing Program To Expand Openings At VVC

By Nolan Patrick Smith

High Desert Daily

(Victorville) –The popular Nursing Program at Victor Valley College is set to expand due to funding allocation being approved July 26th, 2011 in the amount of $160,000. This will allow the program to accept an additional 20 students, as well as purchase new teaching aides and software.

A press release was sent out from the office of County Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt on Tuesday, detailing the expansion and the Supervisor’s support for this program. The following quotes from the Supervisor are directly from the press release:

“Health care will continue to be a growth industry far into the future and this funding will enable the High Desert to meet that need with local workers,” said Supervisor Brad Mitzelfelt. “With unemployment near 20 percent in some areas of the High Desert, providing education for residents to develop long-term, high-paying careers is a key component to sustainable economic growth.”

Victor Valley College is known for their Nursing Program, as it has always been a popular draw to students both new and returning. High Desert Daily spoke with Bill Gruelich, Public Information Officer at VVC, in regards to the expansion and what it means to students and the community.

It will let us expand our information to students, which is the best thing in the whole world, especially when the economy is creating such a tough time for everybody. “ said Gruelich in a phone call Wednesday afternoon.

The money is being made available through the federal Workforce Investment Act, and will be administered through the San Bernardino County Workforce Development Department.  Partnerships like this with the Workforce Development Department are vital, as Gruelich emphasized.

“Community partnerships such as this are extremely important to education, and this particular grant is an example of people working together to create new opportunities for students, and we are grateful for that. “ When the funds will become available, as well as what semester this will go into effect on was unclear at the time of this article, but look for updates on this expansion soon right here on High Desert Daily.

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