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LBW Forms Nursing Apprenticeship with Andalusia Health

July 29, 2022

Pictured from L to R: LBWCC Dean of Instruction, Dr. Shannon Levitzke; LBWCC President, Dr. Brock Kelley; Andalusia Health CNO, Penny Nole; Andalusia Health Director of Inpatient Services, Savannah Chapman; LBWCC Director of Workforce, Chad Sutton; AOA Project Manager for Region 5 & 6, Tawanna Robinson.

“Employers from hospitals and long-term care facilities are searching for ways to fill their critical needs for RNs and LPNs, and this solution is the result of extensive efforts among both private and public partners,” said Meredith Smith, Alabama Office of Apprenticeship Statewide Project Manager.

“This new and innovative opportunity for healthcare employers to recruit and train the apprentices as their own, coupled with the apprentices’ ability to earn while they learn and acquire no student debt, is a win for everyone. We are extremely proud to be partnering with the team at LBW and their champion employers to add more nursing apprentices to Alabama’s workforce pipeline.”

Director of Workforce, Chad Sutton added, "Apprenticeships are an amazing tool for the industry to create a talent-rich pipeline!"

"Having the ability to recruit, invest, train, and retain a highly skilled workforce should be the goal of every business that needs skilled employees.  Now for the employee/student side of the apprenticeship, it doesn't get any better than this.  Go to school, get hired while you're in school, and the employer helps pay for school!  When a student begins to develop a specialized skill set and that skill allows them to create economic freedom while they are studying...that is a home run for everyone!"