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Student nurses send books to Africa

Lake Region State College student nurses recently shipped a collection of books to Africa.

Books For Africa remains the largest shipper of donated text and library books to Africa. Last year alone, BFA shipped over three million books, 93 computers and e-readers containing 223,000 digital books and 10 new law and human rights libraries to 18 African countries.

The nonprofit was founded in 1988 by Tom Warth, a British native who now lives in Minnesota. On a visit to a library in Uganda, he noticed that the shelves were nearly empty. He started BFA with a simple mission: To end the book famine in Africa.

“We’ve come a long way over the years, but we’ve still got a long way to go,” Warth said. “There are 450 million children in Africa and a total population of nearly 1 billion so there is still a need for more books.

Offered in Devils Lake, Mayville, and Grand Forks, LRSC's Nursing program provides the knowledge and skills students will need to enter a challenging career in nursing. Upon acceptance into the program, students will receive classroom study and supervised experience in caring for patients in a variety of healthcare setting including hospitals, acute care centers, long-term care facilities, home care agencies and clinics. 

As a partner in the Dakota Nursing Program, Lake Region State College offers education for multiple steps on the nursing career ladder:
•    Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA)
•    Paramedic to Nurse bridge program
•    Practical Nurse (LPN) program (11 month curriculum)
•    Associate Degree Nurse (RN) program (9 month curriculum)
Graduates are prepared to sit for national licensure exams and, with passing scores, qualify for employment as CNAs, LPNs, or RNs.