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Nine from Rappahannock Community College plug into nurse aide career opportunities

Posted on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 at 10:54 am

Pictured (left to right, seated) are Alice Bryant of Northumberland County, Geri Ball of Richmond County, and Stephanie Merrill of Lancaster County. Standing, left to right, are Janyce Jones-Cooke, special programs coordinator, students Edna Smith of Lancaster County, Angel Faw of Essex County, Whitney Nickens of Lancaster County, Yolanda Gray of Richmond County, Brittany Owens of Essex County, and Co’Reia Noel of Northumberland County; and substitute instructor Susie Lewis.

A new six-month Virginia Community College System training program, “PluggedInVA,” allows students to gain certification in nurse aide work and also medication administration, while building employee performance skills in digital literacy, information processing, multi-tasking, and effective communication in the workplace. The pilot program, held at Rappahannock Community College’s Kilmarnock Center, has just graduated nine students from its nurse aide segment. These students will complete medication administration and career readiness training, as well as GED preparation for those who need it, during the Spring 2013 semester.

Clinical facilities for the class were graciously provided by The Lancashire Convalescent and Rehabilitation Center in Kilmarnock. “PluggedInVA” will be offered again starting in Fall 2013 at RCC’s Warsaw Campus, and in Spring 2014 at the Kilmarnock Center. Those interested in entering the program should contact Ms. Jones-Cooke at 804-435-8973 or

For more information call Karen Taliaferro at 804-333-6875, or visit