A college diploma can open up new career opportunities for working adults. Economic projections indicate that by 2018 more than 49 percent of jobs in the state will require education or training beyond high school, but only 26 percent of West Virginians have completed an associate or bachelor’s degree.
Fairmont State University is hosting an Open House for Adult Students on Aug. 1 for those considering finishing a degree started earlier in life or beginning a new degree.
Liz Boord of Kingmont has no trouble recalling the first moment she decided to apply to Fairmont State University. It was the day she watched her sister, Laura Lombardi, give birth to a son, Joseph. It was Aug. 1, 2009. “The nurses were so cool. When they let me help, that was my ‘wow’ moment,” she said. By August 2010, the wife and mother was taking anatomy and microbiology classes as an FSU undergraduate student pursuing her own Associate of Science degree in Nursing.
When you walk through the door of the Simulation Center for the School of Nursing and Allied Health Administration, you feel like you’ve stepped off of a college campus and into an interactive clinical setting. The initiative to develop this lab, which currently has four human patient simulators and a new childbirth simulator, was headed by Connie Moore, Associate Professor/Senior of Nursing.