Diversity in CVTC students’ ages made returning to school comfortable for Julie Wayne, who received her LPN degree in 1972 and RN associate degree in 1999.
“CVTC’s nursing program, instructors, and atmosphere encourage mature adults to return for further education,” Julie says.
After completing CVTC’s Nursing Assistant program in the 1970s as a young student, she returned to the College for her licensed practical nursing degree.
In 1979 she began working as an LPN in the obstetrics department at Memorial Hospital in Menomonie. Then in the 1990s, she returned once again to CVTC to pursue a Registered Nurse associate degree.
"CVTC's nursing program was well-organized for LPN nurses who were returning for their RN degrees. It was a good experience that built my confidence. I realized that I could actually go back to school and reach my goal."
Her new credentials led to an RN position in the hospital’s obstetrics unit for 26 years. Then she transferred to the day surgery department of the hospital, now called Mayo Clinic Health System-Red Cedar Menomonie, where she still works today.
“CVTC got me started on a career that allowed me to grow as a nurse,” Julie says. “Having such a high-caliber college right in our community made it convenient for me to return to school.”