The Central Texas College (CTC) Nursing Department held a pinning ceremony Friday evening in the Anderson Campus Center to honor 24 students who completed the vocational nursing (LVN) program. Graduates received their nursing pins upon completing 53 credit hours of course work in addition to clinicals. Guest speaker for the event was Dr. Billie Laney, professor emeritus at CTC.

Graduating with honors for maintaining at least a 3.5 – 3.7 cumulative grade point average in their nursing courses were Jessica Kingsley and April Cason. Kingsley also received a gift certificate from Monarch Uniforms for outstanding performance on the program achievement test. Earning a $200 scholarship was Le’Star Stoglin.

Each student received a pin which symbolizes a medal of excellence which Florence Nightingale, the founder of modern nursing, presented to her outstanding graduate nurses. The pinning event was followed by the traditional candle lighting ceremony which serves as a tribute to Nightingale and the recital of the Nurses’ Pledge.

The CTC LVN program graduates are: Alane Betz, Kindra Brown, Perpetua Cancio, April Cason, Tabaitha Cherry, Jessica Clifford, Lindsey Cozby, Amber Davis, Latoya Gaffney, Kaitlyn Green, Okorie Hargrove, Regina Hicks, Regina Hollis, Jessica Kingsley, Tawana Knight, Stefanie Lavergne, Carrie Martinez, Adela Medford, Kesia Nuncio, Amy Pearce, Angel Phillips, Chelsea Reinacher, Le’Star Stoglin and Vickie Watson.

The CTC vocational nursing program is approved by the Texas Board of Nursing. It is a 12-month certificate program which qualifies the graduate to take the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurse and prepares them for practical/vocational nursing practice in a variety of healthcare settings. Students are afforded classroom instruction and coor­dinated supervised clinical experiences in the nursing care of clients in local affiliated health care agencies.