ORLANDO (CityofOrlando.net) – On August 27, Mayor Buddy Dyer and District 5 City Commissioner Regina Hill honored the first graduates of the Orlando Medical Careers Partnership Program during a traditional pinning ceremony.
The Orlando Medical Careers Partnership Program is a comprehensive approach to engage City residents from elementary school through adulthood in medical education and job opportunities.
Building on the success of the BLUEPRINT program, this initiative focuses in West Orlando. The education and training provided through this model partnership will continue to develop Orlando’s local workforce and equip residents with the skills to obtain the new high-wage, high-quality jobs in the healthcare industry being created in the Central Florida community.
Ten Orlando residents were selected to participate in the two-year nursing program that includes co-enrollment at Orlando Tech and Valencia College for both LPN and RN educations.
“We are honoring them for their drive, their perseverance and achievement,” Mayor Dyer said. “All of the graduates maintained a grade point average of over 3.0 and eight of them had academic performances that qualified them for induction into the National Honor Society.”
The graduates are now eligible to sit for the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) exam. In January 2015, the students will enroll in the Valencia College Nursing, Advanced Standing Track, a one-year accelerated hybrid (online and face-to-face) program. The program will include tutoring with professors, a dedicated full-time counselor and provide clinical opportunities. At graduation, the students will earn an associate of science degree and will be eligible to sit for the Registered Nurse (RN) License Exam.