Students practice cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
The role of instructional programs is to not only provide excellent education to diverse student populations, but to also aid and empower the growth of individuals to value scholarship, lifelong learning, and leadership in an ever-evolving healthcare environment.
Imperial Valley College has proven to meet this mission and vision of success not by the sole eff orts of the dynamic caliber of faculty and staff , but through the strong collaboration with, commitment by and support of the community, industry partners and academic partners, and the impact that Strong Workforce Program funding has brought to the greater community and students of IVC.
As the spring 2020 semester began, the impact of the SWP funds was priceless. Students were able to access an expanded computer lab that increased the number of computers available to nursing students and, as a result, increased the maximum number of students eligible for entry into a very competitive program. The funds supported the relocation of an expanded Nursing Learning Center that allowed for tutoring of more students and upgrades to the fidelity and level of simulation equipment available to students.
IVC's 2020 LVN graduates converse about after-graduation plans.
By securing these funds, the SWP activities prepared students graduating in the 2019-2020 academic calendar to care for patients in a medically underserved region with limited resources.
The students that graduated from IVC's nursing programs experienced 100 percent pass rates of the California Licensing Exam (NCLEX), well above the state and national average, positioning these new nurses for promising careers.
"I am very grateful for all of the equipment and study areas, such as our Nursing Learning Center provided to us in our nursing building," said Stephanie Ramirez, a student of the program. "I can't imagine passing nursing school without the equipment available to us that helped strengthen our knowledge and skills."
As graduates face the unknowns of COVID-19, IVC is incredibly grateful for the SWP and the community for the evidence-based practices and education taught and reinforced by industry and academic partners to suitably train their students.