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FITCHBURG — New programs for veterans are now available at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School and Fitchburg State University. A $50,000 grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education now makes it possible for discharged veterans, who have military experience in healthcare, to receive academic credit for their military training.

Specifically, Healthcare MOS’s can enroll in the LPN (Licensed Practical Nurse) program at Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School or military trained LPNs can enroll in the Veteran LPN to BS in Nursing program at Fitchburg State. Academic credit for each of these programs will be awarded to the applicant according to their specific military training.

These programs have been developed as a part of the national initiative to support our veterans and their families. Both Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School and Fitchburg State University are dedicated to providing educational opportunities and to help the nation’s nurses care for veterans. Who are better trained to care for veterans?

Veterans who obtain a BS in nursing will be positioned for employment in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) located throughout the state. These systems are accessed by veterans for primary, specialty and mental health care, including psychiatric, substance abuse and PTSD services.

Fitchburg State University and Montachusett Regional Vocational Technical School are now accepting applications for fall 2015 semester.

For information: Holly LaFrance, MSN, director, Practical Nurse Program, MRVTS, email: lafrance_holly@montytech.net, phone: 978-345-9200 ext. 510, or Linda McKay, chairperson, Department of Nursing, FSU, email: lmckay@fitchburgstate.edu, phone: 978-665-3222.

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