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North Campus Practical Nursing Program Honors Graduates

Back row, from left%3A David Fluck, Lee Oyler, Janice Knight, Tawyana Lake and Joe Hepfner. Third row, from left%3A Breanne Oakley, Jessica Hurrle, Theresa Brown, Becky Chamberlain, Elizabeth Grossman, Alicia Rice and Lesley Snyder. Second row, from left%3A instructor Debra A. Day, Rachel Baker, Jennifer Woodworth, Peggy Bennett, Jessica Myers, Fawn Fisher, Jessi Cornell, Carol Dennis, Cynthia Graves, program coordinator Natalie O. DeLeonardis and instructional specialist George Ann Foreman. Front row, seated from left%3A Samantha Shaw, Kathleen Sullivan, Carla Sandor, Ashley Belanger and Peggy Brown.Twenty-five students graduated recently from the Practical Nursing Program at Pennsylvania College of Technology’s North Campus near Wellsboro.

The distinguished speakers for the Dec. 17 ceremony, chosen by students, were Olivia Mays, a registered nurse/staff nurse at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital, Wellsboro, and Helene Nawrocki, executive director of the Potter County Education Council.

Larry L. Michael, executive director of workforce and economic development at Penn College, provided remarks from the main campus in Williamsport. A holiday reception for family and friends was held afterward in the North Campus lounge.

The Lyle Goodreau Award for professionalism and excellence in the nursing clinical area was presented to Jennifer Woodworth, Allenwood, by Janie Hilfiger, chief nurse executive at Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Hospital. The Green Home Award for excellence in geriatric care was presented to Alicia Rice, Middlebury, by Jacqueline Werts, director of nursing at the Green Home, Wellsboro.

The Charles Cole Memorial Hospital Award for excellence in the nursing clinical area was presented to Joseph Hepfner, Port Allegany, by Netra Baker, director of staff development and professional enrichment at Charles Cole Memorial Hospital, Coudersport. The Sweden Valley Manor Award for professional growth was presented to Janice Knight, Laurelton, by Stephanie Dubots, a registered nurse representing Sweden Valley Manor, Coudersport.

Theresa Brown, Westfield; Elizabeth Grossman, Roulette; and Samantha Shaw, Wellsboro, received honors for perfect attendance throughout the 12-month program.

Certificates in practical nursing were presented by Natalie O. DeLeonardis, coordinator of North Campus Outreach practical nursing. George Ann Foreman, instructional specialist, and Debra A. Day, nursing noncredit instructor/trainer, presented the pins.

The complete list of graduates is: Jennifer Woodworth, Allenwood; Rachel Baker, Cynthia Graves and Jessica Hurrle, Coudersport; Lee Oyler, Driftwood; Jessi Cornell, Genesee; Peggy Brown, Knoxville; Janice Knight, Laurelton; Breanne Oakley and Lesley Snyder, Liberty; Alicia Rice, Middlebury; Fawn Fisher, Millerton; Joseph Hepfner, Port Allegany; Elizabeth Grossman, Roulette; Carol Dennis, Smethport; Becky Chamberlain, Sylvania; Peggy Bennett, Tioga; Carla Sandor, Troy; Ashley Belanger, David Fluck, Jessica Myers, Tawyana Lake and Samantha Shaw, Wellsboro; and Theresa Brown and Kathleen Sullivan, Westfield.

Graduates of the noncredit program completed 1,504 hours of classroom and clinical instruction with clinical experiences obtained at Laurel Health System facilities. They are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for licensure as licensed practical nurses.

Graduates of the Practical Nursing Program are eligible for employment in hospitals, long-term care facilities, clinics, hospice and other health-care organizations. Practical nursing classes at the North Campus begin the first week of January each year.

The program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and is accredited by the National League for Nursing Accreditation Commission.

For more information about the Practical Nursing Program, visit online or contact the North Campus at 570-724-7703.

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