Christi Myers, center, director of the Lassen Community College nursing program, cuts the ribbon to officially launch the new registered nursing program at LCC on Thursday, Jan. 18. Soon, if LCC meets the unreleased criteria, it may be able to offer a bachelor's degree in registered nursing in the future.

New era of opportunity for nurses begins at LCC

Congratulations to Lassen Community College as it celebrates its new registered nursing program with a ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Jan. 18.

Following an extensive period of diligent planning, collaboration and commitment, the California Board of Registered Nursing has approved a new Registered Nursing program at LCC, a significant milestone that underscores the college’s ongoing dedication to high-quality education and addressing the critical demand for healthcare professionals, particularly registered nurses, in California.

Lassen Community College’s first class of registered nursing students pose for a photo Thursday, Jan. 18.

Family, friends, nursing students and members of the college and the community gathered in the Humanities Building to celebrate the new program with the new opportunities for LCC nursing students.

Christie Myers, the program director, welcomed a happy, overjoyed public, faculty members, students and staff to cut the ribbon celebrating the new program. The positive emotions soared during the ceremony. Myers invited those in attendance to visit the new state-of-art facilities where the students will learn their skills. One member of the public said he was completely surprised when one the dummies blinked at him!

She noted the nursing program has graduated almost 100 LVN nurses who serve health care needs in our community, and many will be returning to join the new program so they can become registered nurses.

Banner Lassen Medical Center CEO Sandy Dugger welcomes one of the new registered nursing students during the ribbon cutting ceremony at Lassen Community College.

Sandy Dugger, Banner Lassen Medical Center’s CEO, personally greeted the new RN nursing students into program and awarded $1,000 scholarships to about a dozen of them — available after they successfully complete their first semester.

It’s expected local, homegrown RNs will make a significant impact to health care in Lassen County and provide good local employment opportunities for local residents who complete their training at LCC. Several students who earned LVN status as the college plan to enroll in the new RN program.

After the ribbons cutting, many participants enjoyed the Lassen County Chamber of Commerce Monthly Mixer held just down the hall.

Christi Myers, left, and the Lassen Community College nursing instructors.

According to a statement by program director Christi Myers, “The new Lassen Community College Registered Nursing program has been strategically designed to meet the escalating demand for registered nurses, both locally and across the state. By offering comprehensive and rigorous training, we aim to produce highly skilled and compassionate professionals who will contribute significantly to the healthcare landscape in our community and beyond.”

LCC continues to look for ways to better serve the community and its students, and a new dental hygienist program may become a reality next year.

Congratulations to LCC and best wishes for all its new RN students.