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North Campus Holds Practical-Nursing Graduation Ceremony


Front row, from left%3A George Ann Foreman (instructor), April Mase, Anna Burgess, Jessica Stocum, Jennifer Edler, Heather Hemling, Dawn Marie Anthony and Lori A. Edkin-Leisey (instructor). Middle row, from left%3A Natalie O. DeLeonardis (program coordinator), Gwynn Haskins, Candice Fuller, Donna Louden, Joanne Windhorst, Terry Southard, Melissa Wheeler, Rebecca Pennypacker and Robin Van Dusen. Back row, from left%3A Pamela Hodgson, Lori Young, Kay Korb, John Wales, Rachel Robinson, Valerie Huck, April Blimline and Samantha Kerschner.The Practical Nursing Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s North Campus recently held a graduation ceremony for 22 students.

The student-selected speakers for the Dec. 20 event were Robin Crosby, a registered nurse at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport, and Carol Kopp, a registered nurse at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro.

Larry L. Michael, executive director of workforce and economic development at Penn College, delivered opening remarks. A holiday reception for family and friends was held in the North Campus lounge following the ceremony.

The Lyle Goodreau Award for professionalism and excellence in the nursing clinical area was presented to Anna Burgess by Janie Hilfiger, chief nurse executive at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital.

The Green Home Award for excellence in geriatric care was presented to Kay Korb by Jacqueline Werts, director of nursing at The Green Home, Wellsboro.

The Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Award for professionalism and excellence in the nursing clinical area was presented to Gwynn Haskins by Netra Baker, director of staff development and professional enrichment at Charles Cole.

The Sweden Valley Manor Award for excellence in geriatric care was presented to Pamela Hodgson by Micki Elliot, administrator at Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

The American Health Education Center Award for exemplary personal growth was awarded to Jessica Stocum by Dr. Ardys Boostrom, health professions training coordinator for AHEC.

Certificates in practical nursing were presented by George Ann Foreman and Lori Edkin-Leisey, instructors in the North Campus Practical Nursing program, to: Dawn Marie Anthony, Middlebury Center; April Blimline, Gwynn Haskins and Melissa Wheeler, Coudersport; Anna Burgess, Canton; Jennifer Edler and Kay Korb, Morris; Candice Fuller, Mansfield; Heather Hemling, Blossburg; Pamela Hodgson, Galeton; Valerie Huck, Donna Louden, April Mase, Rachel Robinson, Jessica Stocum and Lori Young, Wellsboro; Samantha Kerschner, Genesee; Rebecca Pennypacker, Austin; Terry Southard, Lawrenceville; Robin Van Dusen, Osceola; John Wales, Millerton; and Joanne Windhorst, Mainesburg.

Graduates completed 1,504 hours of classroom and clinical instruction, with clinical experiences obtained at Laurel Health System, Charles Cole Memorial Hospital and Sweden Valley Manor. Graduates of the North Campus program are eligible to sit for the National Council Examination for licensure as an LPN.

Graduates from the 12-month practical nursing program are eligible for employment in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, hospice and other health-care organizations. The next Practical Nursing Program class begins this month.

For more information about the North Campus, call (570) 724-7703 or visit online .

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