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Eastern Mennonite University expands nursing program by Tim Thornton

than a million new nurses by 2024. The American Associa- tion of Colleges of Nursing reports that, in 2016, nursing schools turned away more than 64,000 qualified appli- cants because of lack of space. East ern Mennonite Uni-


versity in Harrisonburg has firsthand knowledge of that problem. “We always have a wait list of qualified people who are unable to get into our program,” says Associate Professor Laura Yoder. That’s why EMU has expanded and upgraded its Lisa Haverstick Memorial Nursing Laboratory, allowing the school to admit 16 more students each academic year. The move will increase the typical graduating class for its traditional undergraduate nursing program from 48 to 64 students. EMU, which began

offering nursing degrees in FOR THE RECORD

Christendom College in Front Royal has exceeded its $40 million fundraising campaign. The college raised more than $45 million. The campaign, titled “A Call to Greatness,” was publicly announced two years ago, with the aim to complete the effort to raise $40 million by the end of the college’s 40th


celebrations in 2018 — the larg- est campaign in the college’s history. The college met and exceeded its three campaign goals: to raise funds for the Christ the King Chapel Project, double the endowment, and meet the college’s increasing annual fund needs due to student enrollment growth during the life of the cam- paign. (News release)

he Bureau of Labor Statistics estimates the U.S. needs more

Laura Yoder says Eastern Mennonite University sees nursing as a calling.

1966, provides several paths to nursing careers. They include undergraduate and master’s nursing degree pro- grams and a doctoral program in nursing practice. The university sees

nursing as a calling. “We are a Christian university, so we do have a philosophy of nurs- ing that we call the sacred covenant model for nursing,” Yoder says. EMU considers the

Direct Title Solutions in Win- chester continues to grow. The real-estate settlement company at 12 N. Braddock St. has expanded into an adjoining build- ing at 14 N. Braddock St., giving it more room to perform title and closing services for residential and commercial property trans- fers. Direct Title Solutions started in 2001 as a two-employee com- pany worki ng out of a basement. Today, 25 people work for the firm to provide title histories and recordings nationwide and real- estate closing services in Virginia, West Virginia and Maryland. (The Winchester Star)

Lord Fairfax Community Col- lege is expanding its access to training for heavy equipment operators, a course of study that was the first of its kind in

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nurse-patient relationship “something that’s sacred and holy, built on trust and respect. The nurse, in practic- ing nursing, is responding to a call, a sacred call … Students don’t need to be Christian to be at EMU, but we always invite students to think about how their faith impacts what they are doing as a nurse, how they do nurs- ing,” Yoder says. “Beyond that, we’re very

the state when it began a year ago. The college will partner with two other colleges to provide greater access to training for heavy-equipment operators. A $4 million expenditure by the 23-member Virginia Community Colleges System is making the partnership possible. The money will be spent over two years to support curriculum development and accelerate workforce training in the fields of heavy construction and utility-scale solar energy. It is projected $1.4 million will go to the expansion of the heavy equip- ment operator program. Lord Fairfax Community College is joining with Piedmont Virginia and Germanna community colleges to develop heavy equipment operator statewide training. (The Winchester Star)

concerned about values and what it means to think about the common good, and doing health care in a way that serves those who are in need and have difficulty accessing care. Many EMU nursing students serve low-income patients, refugees and immi- grants, Yoder says. EMU strives for a sacred covenant relationship between faculty and students as well as graduates and their patients, Yoder says. “We want to make sure students feel like they’re well known by their professors and that they can see them as a mentor.”

The expansion and

upgrades at the nursing school cost approximately $245,000, according to Kirk Shisler, the university’s vice president for advancement. He says EMU has raised more than $90,000 and expects to raise the rest by the end of this year.

Mount Jackson Town Council members have unanimously approved the application to expand a solar farm off Turkey Knob Road by an additional 320 acres. Council members approved the 160-acre Mount Jackson I, the first of three proj- ects that make up the farm, last year. Cypress Creek Renewables took over the project from Virginia Solar LLC in May and plans on breaking ground on the first phase next year. Despite the fact that projects II and III are on land adjacent to the first project under- way, the permitting process starts back at square one. (Northern Virginia Daily)


Jason Aikens has been appointed to the board of

directors of Strasburg-based First Bank. Aikens, a graduate of James Madison University, is vice president and partner of the Aikens Group, a real estate firm based in Winchester. (The Winchester Star)

William C. “Bill” Daniel was named chairman of the Lord Fairfax Community College Board. Daniel, the coordinator of data management for Freder- ick County Public Schools, has been a Clarke County represen- tative to the board since 2012. He is a 1991 graduate of LFCC and taught for the college’s adult education program after graduating from the University of Virginia in 1994 with a bachelor of science degree in math and a master’s degree in teaching. (News release)

Photo courtesy Eastern Mennonite University

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