• Colorado Visiting Nurses Association a Great Place to Land for PTC Students

    As a graduate of Pickens Technical College and one of its excellent nursing programs, Nurse Aide and Practical Nursing, you have many options open to you. PTC’s nursing programs prepare all students for long and lucrative careers in the medical field, and there are plenty of companies and organizations looking for qualified nurses to help them in Colorado alone.

    Healthcare remains one of the fastest-growing industries in Colorado and across the country. Good nurses are still in short supply and the demand for qualified and specialized nurses is still strong.

    One of the many Colorado organizations looking for qualified nurses coming out of PTC is the Visiting Nurse Association of Colorado (VNA).

    The VNA delivers “care with integrity, expertise, and professionalism, respecting the dignity of every individual.” To the VNA, home health, hospice, and wellness services are the key to filling out the healthcare system so that all individuals can expect to be treated with respect and to have their best interests cared for. The VNA primarily concerns itself with the following health services:

    • Community Wellness—clinics, mental health first aid, CPR training and more
    • Immunizations and Biometrics—onsite clinics dealing with patients susceptible to the flu and pneumonia, and health risk assessments
    • Personal Care—personal grooming and dressing assistance for the physically incapable
    • Home Making Services—light housekeeping, meal prep, shopping, and nutrition assistance
    • Skilled Nursing—wound care, medication management, and infusion therapy
    • Rehabilitative Therapies—physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech therapy
    • Palliative Services—medical social workers, symptom and pain management
    • Hospice Care—physical, psychological, and spiritual life-limiting illness care

    In order to do all this in the community, the VNA needs more skilled nurses and medical workers.

    PTC prepares students to enter organizations like this and make a difference. The VNA is the state’s leading nonprofit health care agency, working with people around the state and their families to reach everyone who needs care, regardless of their personal situation. As the healthcare system gets more and more technologically complex, with electronic medical records taking the place of doctor’s charts and clipboards, workers with experience in using new technology will be needed. That’s why the Nursing Aide program at PTC prepares students to handle new ways of providing ongoing care in extended care facilities, hospitals, and home health organizations like the VNA.

    PTC graduates have bright futures ahead of them, no matter what they studied. Nursing aides and practical nurses will have an easier time finding employment opportunities than most, especially in Colorado. The VNA is one of many examples of healthcare organizations looking for qualified workers to help them in their important missions. If you’re looking for a good way to serve the community and get your career in healthcare started on the right foot, the VNA could be the answer for you. The VNA has a history of hiring PTC graduates for many positions helping people in the community solve their health issues and lead better, happier lives.

  • Executive Internship Program Honors Sponsors

    Pickens Technical College is proud to be involved in the Aurora Public Schools’ Executive Internship Program, providing students with real-world experience they can use in their future career. As you know by now from reading this blog, PTC is all about providing real-world experiences for all of its students with programs that emphasize a hands-on approach and teach students how to get a job in the field of their choice.

    The Executive Internship Program (EIP) presents students with numerous awards, most notably $1000 in scholarships donated by EIP Advisory Board members. High school students Kourtney Grunlien and Emily Hanrehan earned $500 in scholarships each. Students were also recognized for their volunteer service experience. Twenty-four students who volunteered 100 hours earned Bronze awards, while Silver awards were given to nine students who volunteered 175 hours, and Gold awards were given to four students who volunteered 250 hours.

    Interns in this program volunteer for at least 100 hours with sponsors and attend an additional sixty hours of instructional time in the classroom learning valuable workplace skills that translate to most industries. EIP sponsors gave students this school year real-world experiences and the opportunity to test out different career fields before committing to them.

    The EIP has inspired many students to continue a different kind of education. One that prepares them for a working trade in less time (read: money) than a traditional, four-year institution. Earning a four-year degree is great, but for the students who want to work in a lucrative field like auto repair sooner rather than later, PTC is the place to learn a trade and gain experience working in that field along the way.

    PTC is proud to be a part of the Aurora Public Schools community and loves to help students succeed in the Aurora Public Schools pipeline and beyond. Offering a worthy program like the EIP is one of the many ways PTC works within its surrounding community to help young people succeed.

    The school year is over at PTC, but prospective students can apply for the EIP at their high school and learn how classes are taught at PTC, as well as what to expect in their professional lives after college there next year. There will likely be many participants in this program again, clamoring to get the same advantages that others in past EIP graduating classes have gotten. PTC hopes to see many more students involved in its Executive Internship Program going forward and keep putting students in the best position to succeed.