SGMC Invests in LPN to RN Bridge Program at Wiregrass

SGMC Invests in LPN to RN Bridge Program at Wiregrass

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Wiregrass President Tina K. Anderson accepts SGMC Donation
Pictured L-R: Randy Smith, SGMC Chief Nursing Officer, Wiregrass President Dr. Tina K. Anderson, and Ronald E. Dean, SGMC Chief Executive Officer.

Valdosta, GA – Wiregrass Tech students will benefit from the generosity of South Georgia Medical Center’s (SGMC) recent donation for many years to come. Officials at SGMC donated $1 million dollars for the development of Wiregrass’ new LPN (Practical Nursing) to RN (Associate of Science Degree) nursing program.

SGMC Chief Executive Officer Ronald E. Dean shared, “South Georgia Medical Center is excited to have the opportunity to support Wiregrass Georgia Technical College in the development of a LPN to RN nursing program. Nurses are the lifeblood of our health delivery system and enabling more to become registered nurses only serves to strengthen our organization and the care delivery system for our community.” The college has been working on the LPN to RN Bridge program for some time and will begin the first class Fall 2020. “Wiregrass greatly appreciates this generous donation from SGMC,” shared Dr. Tina K. Anderson, Wiregrass President. “This is an investment not only into this new in-demand program, but into the lives of our students and our local workforce development.”

The college held information sessions on the Ben Hill-Irwin, Coffee and Valdosta Campuses where those interested learned the coursework that would be required. The last informational session is scheduled for the Valdosta Campus on May 5 at 11:00 am in Lowndes Hall Auditorium. For more information about the Transitions in Nursing (LPN to ASN Bridge), visit the college website at

In April Wiregrass will host a groundbreaking ceremony to kick off the construction on a new $29.5 million Health Services building on the Valdosta Campus. The new building will be home to more than 10 health services programs including the LPN to RN Bridge program.

The donation from SGMC was made through the college’s Foundation South. For information on how you or your business/industry can partner with Wiregrass, you may contact Crissy Staley by email at, or by calling 229-333-2124. New students may apply for Summer Semester during the college’s Free Application Week, March 23-27. Those who apply in person during that week will have their application fee waived. Classes begin May 18 for full term and June 1 for 8-week