RRCC Announces Three Award Winners for $2,500 Workforce Development Scholarships

July 07, 2020

Rainy River Community College (RRCC) is pleased to announce three award winners of $2,500 Workforce Development scholarships interested in pre-nursing, Hannah Earnest, Kelsea Manning and Jessica Scholler from International Falls, MN.

Students begin their pre-nursing work a year before applying to the actual nursing program. Nursing is an ever-expanding profession, and will grow even faster as the population ages. The number of registered nurses, for example, is expected to increase by 439,300 people by 2024 (source, salary.com) while practical nursing positions will grow by 22%.

RRCC Nursing Instructor/Healthcare Program Director, Donita Ettestad said, “This is a great scholarship award for Hannah, Kelsea and Jessica! Nursing school requires a deep commitment from the students. This award will allow them to pursue their education while minimizing the financial stress they might experience. They are to be commended for choosing a future career that will help take care of their community for the years to come.”

The nursing program at RRCC is through a partnership with Itasca Community College (PN) and Hibbing Community College (RN). RRCC advisors can guide students through course selections and the application process. Once accepted to the nursing program, students will attend their nursing theory lecture classes via telepresence in the nursing classroom at RRCC. The skills lab experiences are in RRCC’s state of the art nursing lab with a number of fully functioning nurse simulators. Patient clinical rotations are conducted at local healthcare facilities. Ettestad teaches both skills lab and clinical rotations.

Rainy River Community College, located in International Falls, is a member of the Northeast Higher Education District (NHED) and the Minnesota State system. We are an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer and educator.

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