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MCTC/LVC looking at off-campus site for nursing program

By Kate Darnell

The success and enrollment growth of the nursing programs at Maysville Community and Technical College-Licking Valley Campus have left administrators looking for more space.

LVC Director Bruce Florence said the nursing programs offered at the college required a generous amount of space that LVC could not accommodate.

“We’re trying to find off-campus locations,” said Florence. “We’re hoping to stay within a two-mile perimeter of campus. We’d like for it to be somewhere here in town.”

Florence said the college was advertising for locations offering 5,000 square feet, with adequate parking, water availability, and office and classroom space.

Florence said she was hoping to have the nursing programs in the new location by the middle of February.

The college has already been contacted about possible locations that will be viewed by a facility staff.

Under a Ford Foundation Grant, the college was given a trial-run period for a licensed practical nurse program four years ago. The high graduation rate of students allowed the college to receive more money to further expand the program.

“This is a heavy emphasis in allied health care,” said Florence, adding that a phlebotomy program would also be offered in January.

Florence said there was a high demand for professionals in the health care field.

“With this baby boom jump, the need for nursing care is going to increase,” said Florence.

With health care degrees offered in Cynthiana, Florence said the health of the community and the standard of living would increase in Harrison County. 

“A rising tide lifts all boats,” said Florence.