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Vinal Tech's LPN Program Faces Closure

The licensed practical nursing program at Vinal Technical High School in Middletown is in danger of closing because too few graduates have been passing the LPN licensing exam.

Vinal Tech's passing rate has been rising since it was 53 percent in 2012, but it remained at only 75 percent May 1 and Oct. 1, 2015, state records show. To keep its approval from the state Board of Examiners for Nursing, the program must have a passing rate of at least 80 percent among students taking the test for the first time after graduation.

Due to the 75 percent passing rate, the nursing board voted unanimously Oct. 21 to start the process to close the program. The board began a hearing on the...

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