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Funding approved for fall start of new Omak campus nursing class

A new class of nursing students at the Wenatchee Valley College Omak campus will start this fall thanks to up to $200,000 in federal stimulus funds. The use of Workforce Investment funds was approved by the Workforce Development Council at a meeting in Wenatchee on May 19, 2009, subject to WVC admitting at least 16 qualified students eligible under stimulus fund criteria. 

The money, allocated to SkillSource, will pay the expenses of the program and tuition for one year. Students whose income is above the moderate income threshold will be able to enter the program by paying their own tuition.

The college and the council are optimistic the minimum number of students will be identified for the program, according to Dave Peterson from SkillSource.

The college is in the process of advertising and interviewing for a qualified nursing instructor to teach the program on a temporary basis starting this fall.

The college announced in January that it would move to an every-other-year start for a nursing class at the Omak campus because of the issues of funding and of finding qualified nursing instructors.


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