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Nursing Student Embraces Help to Find Success

When Tyrin Edwards was choosing where to attend college, he liked the feel and the closeness of Blackhawk Tech, but it was the nursing program rating that sealed the deal. The success rate of students combined with the resources of Blackhawk has helped Tyrin move forward in his educational journey.

In 2019 announced that BTC is ranked #1 in Wisconsin and is one of the nation’s best nursing schools. According to the Wisconsin State Board of Nursing, BTC nursing students scored 94.7% on the most recent National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses (NCLEX-RN). BTC was one of two Technical Colleges in Wisconsin to have 100% of its graduates pass the NCLEX-RN exam in 2018.

 “Everyone is very understanding and so willing to assist with whatever arises that may cause confusion,” he said.

“When I need assistance with homework or have questions about anything in regards to my degree or career, there have been plenty of resources available varying from tutoring, advising, or a coaching session to figure out the next steps I need to take just in case I started to get a little off track.”

BTC provides several different tutoring modes for students, including live tutoring in their open lab on weekdays until 7:00 p.m., online tutoring through NetTutoring, and peer tutoring with other students who’ve taken the same classes. The campus counseling center offers sessions on stress management in person or webinar format. The advisors help students craft personalized schedules that will meet every student’s needs and provide group sessions to ensure students stay on track. And when students are ready to head out into the working world, the Career Center provides help with writing and editing resumes, conducting mock interviews, and posting job opportunities.

Currently, Tyrin is working for Brightstar Care, a facility dedicated to caring for the elderly and those who need rehabilitation care. His love for helping and caring for others makes this the perfect position for him to learn and grow while completing his studies.

After Blackhawk, Tyrin plans to go on for a bachelor’s degree to become a nurse practitioner. “I had to learn to balance work and school to be able to achieve the goals I want to,” he says, “and the staff has assisted me all of the ways in doing that, and I am very grateful.”