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Blair chamber to hold workshop about vaping

The Blair County Chamber of Com­merce will hold an educational workshop from 7:30 to 9 a.m. March 26 at Park Hills Golf Club.

The workshop, titled, “Juul is Definitely NOT Cool,” will address the growing epidemic of vaping by young people and why parents should be concerned.

The workshop will be led by Dr. George Zlupko of Lung Disease Center of Central Pennsylvania.

The cost to attend is $25 per person and includes a full breakfast buffet. To register, call the chamber at 943-8151 or register online at www.blairchamber.com.

Students to present business plans to local leaders

Local student entrepreneurs will take the stage to present their business plans before a panel of local leaders of industry and a public audience at 6 p.m. March 19 at the Devorris Downtown Center.

Fifteen students in grades six through 12 representing 13 self-made businesses and social movements from the Blair County Chamber of Commerce Young Entrepre­neurs Academy will have five minutes to pitch their business plans to members of the local business community during the program’s annual YEA! Investor Panel Event conducted “Shark Tank” style.

Based on the appeal and merit of the students’ plans and presentations, representatives will determine the amount of funds to allocate to each business or social movement.

The investors also will select one business to advance to the Young Entrepre­neurs Academy Saunders Scholars Competition, where it will compete with students from across the United States for college scholarships.

The event is free and open to the public.

Saint Francis nursing program recognized

LORETTO — Saint Francis University’s nursing program has been ranked the No. 1 nursing program in Pennsylvania by Registered Nursing.org for the second year in a row.

Seventy-seven nursing programs were assessed on several factors, which represent how well a program supports students toward licensure and beyond. Past and present NCLEX-RN “pass-rates” weighted by year, were analyzed for this ranking.

Saint Francis University Bachelor of Science in Nursing program recently became the only program in the state to have 100 percent of its graduates pass the National Council Licensure Examination for the past five consecutive years.

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