Fellowship Home Pledges Support for Wiregrass Patient Care Assistant and Licensed Practical Nurse Programs

Staff Report

Friday, May 13th, 2022

Fellowship Home at Brookside has made a five-year commitment to support Patient Care Assistant (PCA) and Practical Nursing (LPN) programs at Wiregrass Georgia Technical College.

The gift will be to fund scholarships for PCA students and future equipment needs for both programs. To recognize this generous gift from the Fellowship Home, Wiregrass will proudly rename the PCA program, “the Fellowship Home Personal Care Assisting Program”, and the LPN lab will be named in honor of Fellowship Home Founders, George, and Gonza LaHood.

President/CEO of The Fellowship Family John LaHood shared, “Fellowship Home has made it a priority to develop our team members and help them reach their highest potential.  We are excited to see our relationship with Wiregrass continue to grow and look forward to seeing many of these goals reached through this joint venture.”

The Patient Care Assistant program is a technical certificate program that prepares students with the basic skills and knowledge needed to provide basic patient care. This program has a job placement rate of 100%. Last Fall the LPN program was ranked #7 program in the state by the Practical Nursing.org website.  The diploma program takes two years to complete and has a job placement rate of 98.5%.  The college’s Economic Development department also offers a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) Fast Track. Since its start in March, The CNA Fast Track path has already hosted three Fellowship Home employees. Fellowship Home looks forward to many more employees completing the class in the years to come. 

 Wiregrass President DeAnnia Clements shared, “Wiregrass is appreciative to the LaHood’s and Fellowship Home at Brookside for their support of our students and programs.  We are looking forward to the naming ceremonies at a later date in the new Edward and Rhonda Mark Health Science Building.”