Nine students from Midland College's Williams Regional Technical Training Center in Fort Stockton were among those receiving their Vocational Nursing pins at a ceremony Aug. 15 in the Allison Fine Arts Building Wagner & Brown Auditorium at Midland College.
The WRTTC students were Amber Akin, Araly Galindo, Cassandra Luera, Diana Pacheco, Obadiah Pruitt, Yvonne Rodriguez, Verenice Salgado, Mary Vega, and Terrance Wells.
The Vocational Nursing Program is a one-year (12-month) program leading to a certificate. Satisfactory completion of the program qualifies the individual to apply to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nursing (NCLEX-PN) which in turn allows the individual to become licensed to practice as a vocational nurse (LVN). The curriculum prepares the graduate to work in an acute or long-term care facility, nursing agency, or physician’s office.
The pinning ceremony is a tradition for nursing schools, marking the transition from nursing school to nursing practice. The ceremony included students from WRTTC as well as those enrolled in the Vocational Nursing program at Midland College's main campus.
Vocational Nursing graduates from Midland are Deborah Amoaka, Constance Davis, Cristina Gonzalez, Carrie-Anne Mancha, Isela Luna, Elena Madrid, Leyla McCoy, Erica Navarro, Chinyere Ojo, Temitope Okuneye, Abby Platte, Vanesa Valenzuela, Vanessa Vazquez, and Ashley Young.
Students who received special awards were:
• Cassandra Luera: The Academic Excellence Award, The Florence Nightingale Award and The Wallace W. and Kathleen Irwin Nursing Scholarship Award.
• Ashley Young: The Florence Nightingale Award
• Deborah Amoaka: The Wallace W. and Kathleen Irwin Nursing Scholarship Award.