PIQUA — Nineteen students from the Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division Practical Nursing program turned the dream of graduating from nursing school into a reality on July 25. The graduation event was attended by Upper Valley Career Center staff members, family, and friends.
Scott Naill, Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division Director, welcomed those in attendance and extended congratulations on behalf of the Upper Valley Career Center Board of Education and Superintendent, Dr. Nancy Luce.
“Take a moment, reflect, and enjoy this monumental accomplishment,” Naill said.
Class advisor Paula Strebig commended the graduates on their accomplishment and offered words of inspiration.
“You entered this program with the goal of becoming a nurse. Over the past 11 months you have grown tremendously through hard work and dedication and I am so proud of each of you. It is my honor to welcome you to the nursing profession,” Strebig said.
Lori Ludwig, program director, paid special tribute to Cathy Muir of Union City, Ind., for perfect attendance. Brittany Palmer and Kathleen Wheat of Piqua were recognized for superior attendance.
Brittany Palmer of Piqua and Tabatha Cooper of Sidney were recognized for their contributions as elected class representatives.
Instructors Paula Strebig, Dan Stuart, and Barb Heckman pinned the graduates and Adult Division Director Scott Naill awarded the diplomas.
The July 2017 School of Nursing graduates are as follows: Beavercreek — Jamie Hutchison; Englewood — Marketta N. Turner; Fort Recovery — Laura L. Fortkamp; Jackson Center — Ashtin Sherry and Bryann Womeldorf; Piqua — Megan DeHart, Johnathan Hanselman, Ashley Renee Huggins, Kate Miller, Brittany M. Palmer, Amber Michelle Steiner, and Kathleen Wheat; Sidney — Bobby Bockrath, Tabatha Cooper, Bettina D. Gill, and Hilary Nicole Preece; Troy — Ashley Hopkins; Union City, Ind. — Cathy Jo Muir; Versailles — — Brook Harrison and Logan Adkins.
Upper Valley Career Center School of Nursing holds classes at The Health Science Center in Piqua. The school was establish in 1979 and has successfully graduated over 900 nurses that work in areas such as: extended care facilities, assisted living facilities, physician offices, hospice, home care agencies and limited hospital settings. Students of the program prepare for the NCLEX-PN exam through classroom, hands-on lab skills, and clinical experiences. The Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division School of Nursing is accepting applications for the upcoming September 2017 program. Interested individuals can obtain additional information online at www.uppervalleycc.org or by calling 778-8419.