BY KATIE MATTESON
Just a week before her graduation from Bryant & Stratton College at the end of April, Nichole Carroll, 35, of Racine reflected on the realization of her dream.
“I’ve always wanted to be a nurse,” Carroll said. Now she’s holds a Practical Nursing Diploma as a member of the first graduating class from the college’s new Racine-area campus.
This prepares her to take her National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN).
“I’m so grateful that I could get training to become an LPN right here in town,” Carroll said.
Founded as a business school 165 years ago in Buffalo, New York, Bryant & Stratton College has 19 campuses throughout New York, Ohio, Virginia and Wisconsin, including Wauwatosa, Bayshore and now Mount Pleasant.
Carroll was referred to the program by one of her co-workers at Aurora St. Luke’s South Shore.
She’s worked as a CNA for 19 years while raising her four children, now ages 17, 11, 7 and 3. She also has a 1-year-old grandson.
Life has been tough, particularly when she had triplets and lost two of the babies. Although she thinks going through that experience gave her the strength to go back to school.
“You have to want it,” Carroll said when asked to give advice to those considering the program.
She added that the program really sets students up for success, with state of the art simulation labs, lots of one-on-one instruction and connections to helpful resources.
“You’re more than just a number,” she said.
She’s developed a strong relationship with her clinical instructor, Margaret East, as well as great camaraderie with fellow classmates.
Greg Brandner, who serves as the Wisconsin Colleges Director and Athletic Director, explained that Bryant Stratton College has a long track record of filling the needs of students who want to get directly into the program they need to prepare them for the workforce, with a wide network of clinical sites and close relationships with area employers.
The new 15,000 square foot campus located on 1320 Warwick Way in Mount Pleasant was designed specifically to meet the needs of area students. Brandner said the college strives to locate new campuses where the students are, rather than making students travel long distances.
“The good news for students and employers is that we don’t have waiting lists,” Brandner said. “Our students can go directly into their programs, which saves them lots of time and money. They also get immediately into classes related to their career pursuit, rather than beginning with only required gen eds.”
“And with our helpful Admissions Staff and Career Life Prep®, we help them every step of the way.” he added.
Students can also seamlessly move from one program to another, as Bryant & Stratton College offers seven bachelor’s degrees, 21 associates degrees and 14 diplomas. They also offer a wide selection of continuing education courses.
For example, Carroll can progress directly into an Associate or Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing programs.
She’s considering returning in the fall to start her Associate Degree, but first she’s planning a long-awaited summer vacation to Niagara Falls.
For more information about Bryant & Stratton College, visit bryantstratton.edu, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call (262) 200-7090