Friday, June 10, 2011

Practical Nursing Moves to Easley Campus This Fall, IET Added to Program Offerings


FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                             6/9/2011

                                                                                                (By Lisa Garrett)

         EASLEY --- This fall, Tri-County Technical College's Practical Nursing program will move to the Easley Campus and first-semester Industrial Electronics Technology (IET) classes will be added to program offerings.

         The IET curriculum still will be offered in its entirety at the Pendleton Campus and the full first-semester courses and labs will be offered at Easley when fall semester begins August 22.  The Licensed Practical Nursing program will move from the Pendleton Campus to the Easley Campus this fall.

         "We will grow the program at Easley, semester by semester, and in two years, we hope to have the full program running at that campus," said Robert Ellenberg, lead instructor for the IET program at the Easley Campus.

         "The Easley Campus is a convenient location for Pickens County residents who are interested in IET classes," said Ellenberg.  "Our degree has a reputation that goes well beyond the three-county area.  With so much industry in surrounding counties, we feel there is a tremendous need to be served." 

         The IET program trains future electronics technicians. Students learn methods of producing, transmitting and distributing electrical power. They also gain experience with industry-relevant equipment in a hands-on environment.

         The Practical Nursing program and its sophisticated lab facilities are replicates of what has been at the Pendleton Campus for more than two decades.   "The same experienced, full-time, master's prepared instructors have moved to Easley," added Julie Vernon, program coordinator.

          "The IET lab at Easley also is equipped with new equipment that is identical to the Pendleton Campus," Ellenberg said.  "We pride ourselves on offering equal parts lecture and lab time with the exception of two math classes.  Our lab time is invaluable because learning to use the equipment and getting experience with tools and wiring shortens the learning curve once they become employed." 

         "The Easley Campus is a calm environment conducive for student success," Vernon said of the community campus that opened in January.  "It's the perfect atmosphere for us to be student advocates."

     Five times in the last decade Practical Nursing graduates have reported 100 percent pass rates on the National Council Licensing Exam (NCLEX-PN).  Practical Nursing grads' score ranks above both the state average (95.09%) and the national average (87.06%) figures.

         Tri-County's Practical Nursing department is fully accredited by the State Board of Nursing in South Carolina and the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission.

         "Practical Nursing remains a popular, strong program," said Vernon, adding that LPNs are needed in long-term care facilities, doctor's offices, medical personnel pools, schools, and flu clinics.

         "There also is a strong demand for industry technicians, field service technicians and technical support for hospitals," Ellenberg said.

         Job offerings for IET grads are "through the roof," said Ellenberg.  "It's exciting for our recent alumni who have found employment and for the new grads, who have two or three job choices in front of them," he said.

         Vernon urges persons interested in entering the Practical Nursing program to begin the application process for fall semester or to begin taking prerequisite classes to prepare for entry into the program.  For more information, contact Vernon at 646-1398 or

         The Industrial Electronics program offers the associate degree and two certificate options. Credit for courses in the certificates also can be applied toward the associate degree.  For more information, contact Ellenberg at 646-1410 or

         In addition to IET, Practical Nursing and University Transfer, the Easley Campus course offerings include Health Sciences, Criminal Justice, and Medical Office Specialist, in addition to the Early Childhood Development and Entrepreneurship/Small Business certificate programs.  In addition, Business Foundations and University Studies Transfer certificates will be available this fall. 

          The Easley Campus is located at 1774 Powdersville Road.  A showcase event for the campus will be June 30 from 2 - 6 p.m.  For additional information, visit

     For more information about the Easley Campus, call 220-8888 or visit




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