Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Reynolds Nursing Graduate Recognition Ceremony

Graduates of the Reynolds Community College Practical Nursing Certificate program recently participated in their recognition pinning ceremony on the Parham Road Campus. The ceremony opened with a welcome by Reynolds President Dr. Gary Rhodes, followed by encouraging words from keynote speaker Charles Smith, MS, RN, Dean of Health Sciences at Rappahannock Community College. 

“Create a future that will allow you in 40 years to say nursing was the best decision I ever made and create a legacy that others can say you made a difference in their lives,” said Smith. “Use your gifts wisely and be proud to be a Reynolds graduate ready to face an uncertain but exciting world.”

The Practical Nursing Certificate is designed to prepare a person to be an integral member of a nursing or health care team. A practical nurse's duties include direct care for individual patients experiencing common, well-defined health problems with predictable outcomes in a structured health care setting with supervision.  They are usually the first medical professional to work with a patient with targeted care to include giving medication as prescribed by a physician, taking vital signs, such as blood pressure, temperature, weight and basic wound care including cleaning and bandaging injured areas.  

With completion of the program, these student are eligible to take the national examination for licensure as a Practical Nurse (LPN).

Monday, December 5, 2016

Reynolds welcomes new Honors Students

The Reynolds Honors Program recently held an orientation session to welcome students that will start the program with the Spring 2017 semester. 

“I love seeing the faces of the new students and the excitement they bring to the program,” said Dr. Ashley Bourne-Richardson, Honors Program Faculty Coordinator.

The Reynolds Honors Program is meant to foster the sustained intellectual growth and personal development of students as they develop the confidence and skills necessary for continued academic and professional leadership, while also helping facilitate successful transfers to 4-year colleges and universities.

This program helps students to enhance their critical thinking and communication skills, to identify clear educational and personal goals, and to pursue those goals with a sense of purpose and meaning.

Currently 69 students are enrolled in the Honors Program and an additional 13 students will start with the Spring 2017 semester. Applications for future Honors Programs will be accepted between January 16 and March 15. For more information on the Reynolds Honors Program, visit

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

New partnership and funding bring GED workforce pilot to Reynolds

Reynolds is piloting a new workforce program providing Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training for participants as they earn a GED®.  

PluggedInVA (PIVA) is a statewide workforce program focusing on GED® preparation combined with skill development leading to industry-recognized credentials. With a strong track record in other localities, Reynolds’ Middle College and the Capital Region’s Adult Education programs partnered to launch the PIVA project model in the Richmond area.  

While the pilot will launch with CNA instruction, using the PIVA model allows Reynolds to expand to other career studies programs. After completing the GED, PIVA students would then matriculate into Reynolds credit courses focusing on Personal Care Assistant, Certified Nurse Aide and other healthcare related classes. Reynolds is exploring additional industries, such as welding, manufacturing, and logistics, for future PIVA programs.  

Virginia Credit Union joins PIVA, the Jackson Foundation, and Capital One in providing grant funding to support the GED® to CNA pilot. “We’ve supported Middle College for many years,” said Virginia Credit Union President Chris Shockley. “This new element of having participants also graduate with a credential for employment adds muscle to the GED. It’s a smart upgrade, and we’re pleased to support the effort.”

The “learn and earn” structure attracted Thomas, a self-employed handyman. “I felt incomplete not having my GED, and this sounded appealing. They actually need more men in the nursing field.” Thomas has completed half of this digital literacy coursework and is preparing to take his second of four GED tests. “It’s building my confidence for a stable job as a nurse aide. As a handyman, I like helping people. This is helping, but in a different way. I’m enjoying it and my kids are excited for me, too.”

The contextualized curriculum makes this GED program unique, according to Mary Jo Washko, director of Middle College and Great Expectations at Reynolds. “The GED reading and math coursework is infused with vocabulary and practical math used on the job – by Certified Nurse Aides and Personal Care Assistants. Upon GED completion, students will continue, as a cohort, into the second semester where they will train and sit for the Certified Nurse Aide exam. Because of our grants, we can offer this at no charge to participants – and, these are men and women who truly need the opportunity and are grateful to have it.” 
Adult Education is a key partner, providing classroom instruction and outreach to the communities of Region 15

Classes are held at Reynolds’ Downtown Campus, which is the site of the college’s School of Nursing and Allied Health. “This is a college and career pathway initiative, because it positions students to continue their training in healthcare while gaining practical experience and a paycheck as a CNA. Middle College has always been focused on GED attainment as an important first step to post-secondary education, but it shouldn’t be the last,” Washko said.