SGMC Invests in LPN to RN Bridge Program at Wiregrass

Staff Report From Valdosta CEO

Monday, March 2nd, 2020

Wiregrass Tech students will benefit from the generosity of South Georgia Medical Center’s (SGMC) recent donation for many years to come.  Officials at SGMC donated $1 million dollars for the development of Wiregrass’ new LPN (Practical Nursing) to RN (Associate of Science Degree) nursing program. 

SGMC Chief Executive Officer Ronald E. Dean shared, “South Georgia Medical Center is excited to have the opportunity to support Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in the development of a LPN to RN nursing program.  Nurses are the lifeblood of our health delivery system and enabling more to become registered nurses only serves to strengthen our organization and the care delivery system for our community.”   The college has been working on the LPN to RN Bridge program for some time and will begin the first class Fall 2020.  “Wiregrass greatly appreciates this generous donation from SGMC,” shared Dr. Tina K. Anderson, Wiregrass President. “This is an investment not only into this new in-demand program, but into the lives of our students and our local workforce development.” 

The college held information sessions on the Ben Hill-Irwin, Coffee and Valdosta Campuses where those interested learned the coursework that would be required.  The last informational session is scheduled for the Valdosta Campus on May 5 at 11:00 am in Lowndes Hall Auditorium.