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Tech school produces much-needed grads

January 13, 2005

Thomasville-- It's an historic night for SouthWest Georgia Technical College. The first class of nursing students is graduating-- 46 of them.

Several of those students are heading to Archbold Medical Center in Thomasville to help alleviate the nursing shortage there.

Even before Melissa Slaughter graduates, she has a job. "This came about and I was looking for a new challenge so I jumped on it," said Nurse Tech IV Melissa Slaughter.

Jumped into a career where she's in big demand. "I'll be working in the critical care unit," said Slaughter.

The nursing shortage is so severe that many hospitals, like Archbold, are offering signing bonuses up to $5,000. Some will even help pay for a nurse's education.

"You need to be working in Archbold in order to get the scholarship. In some capacity."

The scholarship pays up to $6,000 towards a nursing student's education. "They give you money at the end of every quarter to pay for your tuition."

When the schooling is complete, the nursing students are guaranteed job placement at a medical center.

posted at 5:25PM by dave.miller@walb.com