100 Years of training tomorrow’s nurses

A nursing student hones her skills on training mannequins at Central Alabama Community College.

Central Alabama Community College School of Nursing has been training tomorrow’s nurses for 100 years.

“Healthcare is such a vital part of our society, and the demand for outstanding, qualified nurses and healthcare professionals grows every day. It is very rewarding to know that the Coosa Valley School of Nursing has been a staple of our communities for 100 years. This program has touched numerous lives and continues to produce some of the top nurses in the state,” said Jeff Lynn, president of CACC.

The program began in 1921 at the Sylacauga Infirmary, founded by Dr. F.H. Craddock, who established the infirmary and the nursing training school associated with it. The school, which was approved by the American College of Surgeons, produced nurses who went on to work at institutions throughout the country.

In 1945, the program transitioned to the modern-day Coosa Valley Medical Center. It was reorganized in 1951 and continued to operate as a hospital diploma program until 1994, when it was introduced as an associate degree of the Coosa Valley School of Nursing.

Academic courses were offered by the Alex City State Junior College beginning in 1972. The Coosa Valley School of Nursing was later merged with Central Alabama Community College in a three-phase program that was completed in late 1996. The program moved to CACC’s Preuitt Nursing and Allied Health Building on the Childersburg campus in January, 2001.

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“For 100 years, Central Alabama Community College has responded to the needs of its community in training one of our country’s most essential employees — nurses,” said Jimmy Baker, Alabama Community College System chancellor. “Congratulations to the faculty, staff, administrators and students who can be credited with the longevity and success of this program.”

CACC currently offers the nursing program at its Childersburg and Alexander City campuses.

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