Students in Ms. Riley's Health Science class using the Hoyer Lift.

The Saline County Career is celebrating its fifty-first year of providing career and technical education for the community. Opening in 1968, SCCC has grown significantly over the years to meet the ever-changing needs of students, surrounding businesses, and communities.  

SCCC serves high school students from Marshall, Malta Bend, Slater and Sweet Springs. It also serves post-secondary adult students from our region, who are interested in nursing careers through its Practical Nursing program. 

The SCCC PN program has served the area for over fifty years, helping to meet the employment needs of area health care providers. The program is taught by Heather Vandeventer, RN, BSN; Nancy Wiseman, RN, MSN; and Julie McCammon, RN, BSN.    Successful graduates of the SCCC PN program enjoy a 100% placement rate at area health care facilities. 

 “Our successful PN graduates benefit from the current health care professional shortage.  SCCC provides a rigorous eleven-month program with classroom instruction, and clinical rotations at area hospitals, clinics and nursing homes.  This academic structure, with hands-on training ensures our PN graduates successful job placements,” said Heather Vandeventer, Coordinator of the SCCC PN program.

Entry into the PN program is through a competitive application process.  Currently, applications are being accepted for the 2020-2021 program year, with an April 3, 2020 deadline. 

In addition to the adult program, area high school students have the opportunity to enroll in the SCCC Health Science program, taught by veteran teacher, Leigh Ann Riley, RN.  Successful students in the program take the CNA certification (Certified Nursing Assistant).  These high students can choose to further their education or seek employment in health care facilities after graduation. 

 “SCCC has been a leader in educating health care professionals in Saline County for decades.   We are proud of our history and we encourage anyone interested in pursuing a career as a nurse or nurses’ aid to inquire about our programs,” said Callie Dobbins, Director of SCCC.

Practical Nursing program guidelines and the application packet are available at SCCC or by calling 660.886.6958.