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Nursing Students at SCC Explore Options at Career and College Fair

Nursing College Fair studentsCompleting a degree at Somerset Community College is not the end goal, and students in the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) and Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) programs were able to explore career and college options on campus Tuesday. The ADN program hosted the fair in order to give SCC nursing students a chance to meet with potential employers and representatives from colleges and universities that provide paths for continued nursing education.

“This is a great opportunity for our students to network with others in the nursing profession and to explore the different opportunities that exist for them,” said Dr. Linda Ballard, ADN professor and program coordinator. “While we talk about the different avenues of nursing in class, and the students experience various types of nursing jobs in clinical settings, it is often different for them to speak with people who work directly in the field each day. We hope many students made connections today that will serve them well in the future.”

Representatives from the medical facilities were represented at SCC: Bluegrass Oakwood Inc., Ephraim McDowell Health, Lake Cumberland District Health Department, Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital, Laurel Housing Inc., Medical Center Albany and Rockcastle Regional Hospital. In addition, the following colleges or universities, all offering at least a ADN to BSN (bachelor’s degree in nursing), were in attendance: Bluefield College, Eastern Kentucky University, Lindsey Wilson College, Union College and Western Kentucky University. The Nightingale Chapter of the Kentucky Nurses Association was also in attendance to provide scholarship and continued education opportunities through the professional organization.

Below, at left, Lauren Taggart, of Bronston, and Beckie Taylor, right, of Eubank, talk with a representative from Lake Cumberland Regional Hospital about employment opportunities. Both Taggart and Taylor will graduate from the ADN program in May 2017. Taggart said she is interested in a career in intensive care or emergency nursing and Taylor has interests in intensive care and cardiovascular care. Both said the career and college fair was very helpful in their career search.

To find out more about the SCC nursing programs, contact Dr. Ballard at (606) 451-6737 or