To New Beginnings: LVN graduate celebrates new career, family in 2020

Amanda A.For Austin Community College (ACC) graduate Amanda Acosta, 2020 is bringing a lot of ‘new’.

“I have changes headed my way in the new year. I was almost eight months pregnant when I graduated. Once I have my baby girl, I will begin working in the nursing field. I am also getting married in April. Then when I get settled, I am diving back into my education.”

Amanda graduated with her vocational nursing (LVN) degree in December 2019. She will take her licensing exam this month.

“ACC was the clear choice for me because of its reputation and options.”

ACC’s LVN Program was recently named among the Top 5 in Texas by NursingProcess.org recognized for its “high-quality and affordable” options and the hands-on career training students receive. 

“I spent a lot of time at clinical sites. It’s so important to get that exposure and be prepared already to have that training to start our career. There are so many schools out there who don’t come close to the clinical time ACC provides.”

Texas employs the largest number of LVNs in the country. That number is expected to grow almost 20 percent in the next decade according to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). This growth and security is something Amanda says helped her decision.

“Austin is growing exponentially. Coming from the San Francisco Bay area, I have already witnessed first hand how rapidly the tech industry can change an area’s population. Those workers are going to need someone to take care of them. Becoming an LVN in Central Texas provides a well-paying, satisfying, stable career that can follow you anywhere you decide to go. If nursing is your calling, don't quit on it. If you put in the effort and do your best every day, the professors will help you succeed.”

For more information and to apply for the LVN program, visit austincc.edu/nursing or contact the Health Sciences division at healthsciences@austincc.edu.