"While we remain committed to our current roster of students, providing them with the state-of-the-art education and support they need to graduate, pass their licensing exam and achieve success in their careers as LPNs, the NewCourtland School of Practical Nursing will officially be closing," the school tells visitors to its Web site. "The last PN School Commencement Ceremony will be held on Monday, July 29, 2013."
"We were very excited about opening the school and the opportunities to open a school in the longterm care industry, where the need is," spokeswoman Angela Brown told me. Yet, soon after opening, NewCourtland reduced its need for LPNs when it sold five of the homes to MidAtlantic Health Care and transferred the sixth, in West Philadelphia, to operator Tryko Partners. NewCourtland now focuses on its two (soon to be three) community elder daycare and treatment centers and on home health services. It doesn't need so many LPNs for those facilities.
Brown says New Courtland funded the school using its own funds, "not government financing."NewCourtland has funded its senior facilities with help from Philadelphia Industrial Development Corp. bonds, the taxpayer-funded Pennsylvania Redevelopment Assistance Capital Program, and government tax credits.