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Date:December 27, 2017
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Ochsner Health System and LWC develop Licensed Practical Nurses Registered Apprenticeship Program
New apprenticeship program works to expand career opportunities for veterans and healthcare professionals

BATON ROUGE – Ochsner Health System’s Workforce Development Department, in partnership with the Louisiana Workforce Commission (LWC), has developed a new apprenticeship program designed to prepare individuals with healthcare backgrounds for careers as Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs).

The Ochsner LPN Registered Apprenticeship Program is an outcome of the 2016 federal grant awarded to the LWC to increase the state’s number of registered apprenticeship programs. It was also developed in response to the challenges Ochsner identified when moving graduates of its Medical Assistant (MA) program into higher positions.

The new LPN apprenticeship, accredited by the Louisiana State Board of Practical Nurse Examiners, is a 12-month program offered through Northshore Technical Community College that features classroom and clinical components. Upon completion, graduates will earn an associate’s degree in practical nursing.

The inaugural class will consist of current Ochsner Health System employees, including graduates of the Ochsner MA Program and military veterans with specific qualifications, but the organization expects to grow the program to include a broader set of job seekers in the future.

“Our partnership with Ochsner has made significant strides towards diversifying career pathways in Louisiana, and the cultivation of this LPN apprenticeship is no exception,” said Ava Dejoie, LWC Executive Director. “It speaks to the desire of many healthcare professionals to advance their careers and provides an effective avenue to achieve that goal. We look forward to witnessing the countless success stories that this program will undoubtedly generate.”

For more information on Ochsner’s LPN Registered Apprenticeship Program, visit

About Ochsner Health System

Ochsner Health System is Louisiana’s largest non-profit, academic, healthcare system. Driven by a mission to Serve, Heal, Lead, Educate and Innovate, coordinated clinical and hospital patient care is provided across the region by Ochsner's 30 owned, managed and affiliated hospitals and more than 80 health centers and urgent care centers. Ochsner is the only Louisiana hospital recognized by U.S. News & World Report as a “Best Hospital” across four specialty categories caring for patients from all 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide each year. Ochsner employs more than 18,000 employees and over 1,100 physicians in over 90 medical specialties and subspecialties, and conducts more than 600 clinical research studies. Ochsner Health System is proud to be a tobacco-free environment. For more information, please visit and follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

About The Louisiana Workforce Commission

The Louisiana Workforce Commission is an agency of state government that administers programs designed to enhance workforce growth and provide family-sustaining jobs for Louisiana residents. The commission monitors employment, administers unemployment compensation and tax funds, provides training resources for employers and employees and oversees worker compensation benefits. The agency also gathers and supplies information on the labor market and occupational sectors in Louisiana.


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