Healthcare’s demand for nurses prompts Butler Tech, Hamilton HS to partner on program

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 275,000 additional nurses will be needed by 2030. (FILE PHOTO: Spc. Daniel Thompson/U.S. Army via AP)

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According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 275,000 additional nurses will be needed by 2030. (FILE PHOTO: Spc. Daniel Thompson/U.S. Army via AP)

Dept. of Labor says nationwide, more than 275K additional nurses will be needed by 2030.

Next school year will be a first to feature an accelerated job path for Hamilton High School seniors interested in nursing careers because of a new partnership agreement with Butler Tech.

The new program, which will start at the beginning of the 2022-2023 school year, will allow Hamilton students to complete half of the Licensed Practical Nurse program through Butler Tech Adult Education.

The partnership between Butler Tech Adult Education and Butler Tech’s Health Science pathway is focused on producing future nurses to meet the demands of the workforce, said officials at the career school system.

“Given the high demand for healthcare workers, and the high cost of post-secondary training, Butler Tech Adult Education and secondary education are intentionally working together to meet the needs of the community and the industry cries for help as quickly as possible,” Ann Rush, Butler Tech programming coordinator stated in a released statement.

The classes will take place during the typical school day in the students’ senior year of high school.

These two quarters of instruction will then allow the students to matriculate into Butler Tech’s Adult Education LPN Pathway where they will finish their last two terms at the LeSoursdville Campus, saving the students more than $9,000 in tuition costs and six months of post-secondary education time.

“Students who take advantage of this opportunity will be graduating with more than 50% of their program paid for,” said Dr. Sarah Delong, associate director of Health Programs for Butler Tech. “This cost savings gives students a major advantage in both their professional careers and personal life.”

According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, more than 275,000 additional nurses will be needed by 2030.

This nine percent growth in employment opportunities is due to the aging population and the pending retirement of current nurses in the workforce.

“As career tech educators, it is our job to help them make that dream a reality by collaborating to see how we could most successfully blur the lines between secondary healthcare training and post-secondary healthcare training, in an effort to get them into the healthcare workforce faster and with less debt,” Rush said.

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What: Butler Tech Secondary LPN Pathway Pilot Program

Contact: Ann Rush, rusha@butlertech.org

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