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Posted: by Patricia Gibson, Communications Director
News Blog Category - News Classes for the licensed practical nursing program Marion Community Schools offers for adults are back in session, and students are giving the revamped program praise.

The program resumed Monday, Jan. 28, after being suspended since early December, following the resignation of the program’s director and instructors. Now that the school system has hired a full new staff and has worked to address concerns raised by the State Board of Nursing, 38 students are back to hands-on learning in the classes at Tucker Career and Technology Center.

Tucker Education Director Amanda McCammon said there has been a lot of positive feedback from the students since classes resumed, specifically that the lessons are the best they’ve been.



LPN students work in class in January. (Photo by Mackenzie Seacat / Tucker Career and Technology Graphic Communications student)


The school system will continue to work with the Board of Nursing throughout the duration of the program for this year’s class. They are scheduled to graduate Sept. 28.

Capping had been scheduled for Feb. 11, but due to difficulty in scheduling clinical hours at Marion General Hospital, that ceremony may be rescheduled. If necessary, a new date will be announced when it is determined.

The new director of the LPN program is Arletha Smith. New full-time instructors are Brandy LoPilato and Elizabeth King. New half-time instructors are Erin Dale, Kellie Maddox and Jeanette Spratt.

The district is still seeking part-time instructors to serve as substitutes for the program. Candidates must have their BSN. Applications are also being accepted for nurse preceptors to oversee students on-site during clinical hours. Those candidates must have at least an associate’s degree but must also have three years of experience as a registered nurse.



LPN students work in class in January. (Photo by Mackenzie Seacat / Tucker Career and Technology Graphic Communications student)