Delaware County’s Intermedia Unit recruits adults interested in becoming Licensed Practical Nurses in just 12 months

MORTON — An ongoing shortage of local and national nurses and an aging population are the catalyst for Delaware County Intermediate Unit’s ongoing efforts to recruit students into the practical nursing program at its County Technical School. Delaware and on the one year path to becoming a Licensed Practical Nurse.

The school’s LPN program will host an open house via Zoom on Tuesday, November 15 at 5 p.m.

Instructors and representatives from local healthcare facilities will share more about the school’s unique approach to education, career opportunities, and the rewarding aspects of becoming an LPN. Students can also hear testimonials from current and former students recounting significant moments from their time in the program, followed by a Q&A session.

In one year, students gain classroom skills and clinical rotations that prepare them for success in nursing homes, assisted living facilities, outpatient care, hospitals, community health centers, mental health facilities , pediatric facilities and urgent care centers, program officials said. .

“In approximately 11 to 12 months, a student graduating from this program is eligible to take the NCLEX LPN test and then work as an LPN,” said program supervisor Kate McNamara.

The LPN program was recognized in 2020 by the Center on Education and the Workforce at Georgetown University as the best higher education program in Pennsylvania based on 10-year net worth, and is accredited by the ACEN for maintaining a placement rate of 90%.

“We are committed to training the next generation of nursing assistants, preparing them for their licensing exams and providing them with hands-on clinical experiences,” McNamara said.

The program is open to people of all backgrounds over the age of 18, including those re-entering the workforce, parents who want to go back to school, and other healthcare professionals who want to advance in their careers.

McNamara says finding an LPN position after graduation and completing the NCLEX LPN test likely won’t be a long and arduous process due to nursing shortages.

“We receive calls daily from health care facilities asking for LPNs to graduate from our program,” McNamara said.

Learn more about the open house and program at

Public invited to meetings this week to discuss impact of Hurricane Ida

The Department of Community and Economic Development is hosting a series of virtual and in-person meetings as part of a broad community outreach effort to identify unmet needs in communities impacted by Hurricane Ida.

The meetings are open to business owners, organizations, agencies and members of the general public to share their individual stories and identify ongoing recovery challenges as seen from their perspective.

The two in-person public meetings scheduled for this week are: Wednesday, October 12 at 7 p.m. in the Community Room, First Floor of the Social Services Center, 430 Dekalb St., Norristown; and Thursday, Oct. 13 at 7 p.m. at the Delaware County Department of Emergency Services, Room 101, 360 N. Middletown Road, Media.

St. Gabriel’s Parish Hosts Mystery Dinner and Trip to Lancaster

St. Gabriel Parish, Norwood will host the Mystery Dinner Theater on Saturday, October 22 at the Parish Hall, 233 Mohawk Ave.

“The Houdini Mystery” begins at 7:00 p.m., with dinner at 6:00 p.m. Doors will open at 5:45 p.m. The cost is $35. Tickets are available at the presbytery or by calling 610-586-1225.

The parish will also host a holiday trip to the Christmas show at the American Music Theater in Lancaster, followed by dinner at Miller’s Smorgasbord on Thursday, December 15. The trip will take place from noon to 8 p.m. The cost is $130.

To reserve a spot, call 610-586-1225 or email [email protected]/.

The Aston Lions Club Hosts Its 75th Charter Night

The Aston Township Lions Club will celebrate their 75th charter night on Wednesday 19th October at Lia’s Ballroom, Meetinghouse Road, Boothwyn.

Seating for dinner will be at 6:30 p.m. Any former family or community members who wish to attend can call 610-517-9362.

The cost is $30. Send checks to Aston Lions Club, PO Box 2052, Aston, PA 19014. Reservations due by Sunday, October 16.

A coach organizes a fundraiser for a bingo hoop

The Trainer Borough Recreation Board will be hosting a bingo hoop fundraiser on Saturday, October 15 from 1-4 p.m. at the Marcus Hook-Trainer Fire Department. Refreshments available for purchase.

Proceeds will go to the Trainer Haunted Hayride, scheduled for Saturday, October 22 from 5-10 p.m. at Henry Johnson Park, 12 West Third St., Marcus Hook.

The council will also host Trunk or Treat on Sunday, October 30 from 4-6 p.m. at Henry Johnson Park.

Trainer has a food pantry open every Wednesday from 5-6:30 p.m. at the Trainer Community Center.

It is reserved for resident trainers, but no one in need is ever turned away.

On Fridays from 3-5 p.m., Trainer, in conjunction with CityTeam Ministries of Chester, provides fresh vegetables and fruit at Trainer Community Center, 10th and Chestnut Streets, Trainer. For more information, email [email protected]/.

CandyCare is looking for volunteer collection sites

CandyCare will provide treats to local food pantries and homeless shelters.

Often pantries provide basic foods, but not sweets like candy. The CandyCare collection takes place during the Halloween season, when candy is plentiful.

Volunteers and voluntary organizations, such as schools, churches, dance studios, scout troops, and businesses, must register to be unopened and wrapped Halloween candy donation collection sites. They can advertise and spread the word in October that they are collecting candy.

From November 1-17, sweets will be collected and can be dropped off at the main collection site, St. Luke’s Greek Orthodox Church in Broomall. Individuals can also make donations here.

On Friday, November 18, CandyCare volunteers will deliver and distribute all candy to local homeless shelters and food pantries. To participate or for more information, contact Patti at 610-416-8336.

Low-income families invited to apply for weatherization program

October is National Energy Awareness Month and includes National Bloat Day on October 30.

The Bloat Assistance Program was signed into law 46 years ago by President Gerald Ford.

Weatherization offers a permanent, cost-effective solution to reducing the heavy energy burden of low-income Americans. As cold weather approaches, most families across the country turn up their thermostats to combat falling temperatures.

For low-income families, however, turning up the heat isn’t always an option.

According to the US Department of Energy, these families spend 16.3% or more of their annual income on energy compared to 3.5% for others.

However, Weatherization can help low-income families save an average of $283 per year. The weatherization program is available to help make low-income households more energy efficient.

The Delaware County Weatherization Assistance Program is administered by the Delaware County Community Action Agency, Inc. The program provides quality energy education and home conservation modifications. All services are free.

Funding for the program is provided by the PA Department of Community and Economic Development. Income guidelines apply.

To apply or for more information, residents can call 610-521-8770.

Readers can send community news and photos to Peg DeGrassa at [email protected]/.

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