Pierpont Community & Technical College and WVU hospital signed a memorandum of understanding to initiate a new opportunity for its students, giving them the opportunity to shadow and work with employees of Ruby Memorial Hospital who work at the heart and vascular institute.
“Pierpont students get the opportunity to do their clinical rotations at WVU, so they can see what it is like to really work in the field with trained employees. They can mentor our students, it creates job openings for our students to be able to have job placement after they have completed the education as well.” said Hollie McDaniel-Brown the Director of Clinical Education at Pierpont Community & Technical College.
Officials said students will now be able to develop an electro-cardiograph technology skill set.
“They are rotating in our departments so they get a first-hand experience aside from the classroom learning that they do, so they go out and see the real world out there. Our department has a very high turnover rate, because we get students and then they’re working, once they are done they go to college, so they leave the job. Now we have more openings and that’s where we want to be able to get our students from here at Pierpont to come and join us,” said Grace Verzosa, Assistant Director of Project Imaging at WVU Heart and Vascular Institute.
The partnership will also present an opportunity for students to receive permanent employment after fully completing the program.
“It’s going to help us feel positions quicker. Well educated, well trained individuals to where they can come in and hit the floor and run and help us in our work load,” said Charles Murray, manager of WVU Heart and Vascular Institute.