Southern Vermont College has unveiled a new initiative which helps make a career in nursing more affordable for interested students. The President’s Leadership Award for Nursing (PLAN) program offers students who are currently enrolled in community college and have met the prerequisites the opportunity to continue their education and career path at SVC, with cost-saving incentives.The PLAN offers eligible students a $7,500 scholarship, a free Nursing I textbook, and involvement in Monthly Leadership Seminars and a weekly Nursing Boot Camp. Southern Vermont College’s small classroom size, low student-teacher ratio, ‘Hands on Learning’ environment and new Simulation Lab offers many advantages over other programs. ‘At SVC a student receives a private college education at a state college price,’ said Director of Admissions Jeremy Gibbons. ‘The PLAN helps make a nursing degree even more affordable.’Southern Vermont College’s Division of Nursing offers both ADN and BSN programs, multiple clinical sites in Vermont and Massachusetts, national and state accreditation, multiple channels of academic and peer support, and a top-notch faculty with in-depth, professional experience.To qualify for the PLAN, students must enroll by July 15, 2011. Interested students are encouraged to visit www.svc.edu/plan(link is external) to see a short video on the program, to contact Admissions Office at 802-447-6304 or [email protected](link sends e-mail), or apply online www.svc.edu(link is external).Founded in 1926, Southern Vermont College offers a career-enhancing, liberal arts education with 21 academic degree programs for more than 500 students. SVC recognizes the importance of educating students for the workplace of the twenty-first century and for lives as successful leaders in their communities. SVC’s athletic teams are part of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III and the New England intercollegiate Collegiate Conference (NECC). The College is accredited by New England Association of Schools and Colleges and has been designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching as a Community-Engagement Classification institution.