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Vermont Tech opens new Bennington location, celebrates achievements of accredited programs and administrators

Thursday, January 31, 2013
January 31, 2013 — Vermont Technical College celebrated both the opening of a new location for its Bennington Campus on January 18 and the 15th anniversary of its Associate’s Degree in Nursing program. The event took place at the College’s new campus located at 210 South Street in Bennington, Vermont.
“We were delighted to open this wonderful, modern facility to meet the growing demand for our programs in Bennington,” said President Philip A. Conroy. “Vermont has a critical need for professional nurses, and we are creating more space and more programs to meet increasing demand for high-quality, applied educational opportunities.”
Vermont Tech has had a presence in Bennington since 1997, operating both the Practical Nursing (PN) Certificate and the Associate’s Degree in Nursing (ADN) programs at the Southwestern Vermont Medical Center campus. Building on this success, and in response to increased demand for Vermont Tech’s award-winning nursing programs, the College opened a larger campus with modern facilities in two renovated floors of an historic building in downtown Bennington. This fall, Vermont Tech plans to further expand nursing programs by offering a new, online Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
“Our LPN program has been fully accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission since 1994, and our ADN program since 2001,” said Anne Smeglin, Site Director of the Bennington Campus. “Vermont Tech is a strong presence in the state, and with the growth of our facilities and online program, there is good reason for students to believe their dreams of becoming professional nurses will be realized in the near future.”
During the ceremony, the Nursing Department honored recent Vermont Tech retirees Patricia R. Menchini, MS, RN, former Dean of Academic Affairs, and Mary R. McMahon, former Bennington Campus Site Director, for their many years of service and commitment to Vermont Tech. Both women received Lifetime Achievement awards in recognition of their teaching excellence, and support for nursing students and the profession of nursing.
“We’re thrilled to celebrate Pat and Mary’s long-standing ties to the College and to the nursing program at the Bennington site,” said Anna Gerac, Director of Nursing Education Programs. “They are truly role models for our community and for thousands of nursing professionals in our state and beyond.”
Menchini joined Vermont Tech in 1988 as a faculty member in the Practical Nursing Certificate program, and facilitated the opening of the Associate’s Degree in Nursing Program in 1997.
McMahon taught part time as a Clinical Instructor in the Practical Nursing Program in Bennington from 1974 until 1981, and in 1986, accepted a full-time faculty appointment. She continued to teach in Vermont Tech’s Practical Nursing Program until 1993, when she accepted the position of Site Director for the Bennington Campus. McMahon retired in June 2012.
“We took great joy in honoring Patricia Menchini and Mary McMahon because they are valued members of the Vermont Tech community, and particularly the Nursing Department,” said Smeglin. “They are exemplary nurses, teachers, administrators, and colleagues. Our community and college are stronger and better because of their long-standing commitment to excellence and professionalism.”
About Vermont Technical College – Vermont Technical College is the only public institution of higher learning in Vermont whose mission is applied education. One of the five Vermont State Colleges, Vermont Tech serves students from throughout Vermont, New England, and beyond at its two residential campuses in Williston and Randolph Center, regional campuses in Brattleboro and Bennington and at six other nursing campuses located throughout the state. Our academic programs encompass a wide range of engineering technology, agricultural, health, and business fields that are vital to producing the knowledge workers need most by employers in the state and in the region.