First Pierpont nurses graduate

Pierpont Community & Technical College proudly announces its first Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) pinning ceremony celebrating its first 17 graduates.

In attendance were more than 125 guests, family members and college administrators. The highlight of the evening was the traditional pinning of the graduating nurses.

Career opportunities for a licensed practical nurse can be found in hospitals, clinics, rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities, physician offices, and in home care. According to the U.S. Department of Labor, employment of LPN’s is expected to grow by 25 percent between 2012 and 2022, much faster than the average for all occupations, in response to the long-term care needs of an increasing elderly population and the general increase in demand for healthcare services.

The US Department of Labor reports that as of 2012 the median annual wage for LPN’s is $41,540 per year.

The LPN program is a five-semester certificate in applied science. It is part-time with classes that are offered in the evenings and weekends.

For more information please call the Braxton County Higher Education Center at 304-765-7300 or 304-368-7235 or send email to