Inaugural Class of Licensed Practical Nurses Graduate from CVMC Program

Release Date: 
July 9, 2021

Berlin, Vt. – July 12, 2021 – Central Vermont Medical Center (CVMC) announced today that the first 13 students have graduated from its accelerated Licensed Practical Nursing Program.

The program, run in partnership with Community College of Vermont and Vermont Technical College, is the first of its kind in the state. Enrolled students have the opportunity to “earn while they learn” –acquiring practical skills while working at Central Vermont Medical Center and receiving academic instruction on-site to earn their LPN Certificate six months faster than conventional nursing programs.

The intent of the program is to invest in CVMC team members and the broader community while simultaneously addressing nursing shortages that are an issue throughout the United States.

"We have a lot of folks who have been working with us for a period of time, really committed to the community. It just makes sense to invest in their career goals. It results in happier staff, better care outcomes, a more prosperous community, and a pipeline of educated workers. It’s a win all the way around," said Vice President of Human Resources and Clinical Operations Robert Patterson.

The majority of the 13 graduates will begin their LPN career at CVMC’s Woodridge Rehabilitation and Nursing facility.

The following students have graduated from the LPN program:

  • Catherine Bailey
  • Rachel Cleveland
  • Rebecca Comolli
  • Megan Cram
  • Kaitlin Deuso
  • Meghan Forant
  • Megan Hale
  • Taylor Kenworthy
  • Baylee Lambert
  • William Lewis
  • Emily McCall
  • Elissa Piascik
  • Kimberly Thornton

Grads attended a ceremony at Vermont Technical College in late June and a celebration at Central Vermont Medical Center in July. Central Vermont Medical Center hopes to continue to lead the way in workforce development by soon launching a RN education program.