Clarkesville, GA – North Georgia Technical College’s Health Sciences students from the Blairsville campus recently received their pins in a private graduation ceremony at the college. Pinning ceremonies are a traditional nursing practice that honors students prior to beginning their careers in healthcare. Students receiving pins were from the Associate of Science in Nursing (ASN), Medical Assisting and Practical Nursing programs.
The ASN students receiving their pins were Brian Carlucci of Blue Ridge, Ga.; Katie Carter of Blairsville, Ga.; Hali DaConceicao of Young Harris, Ga.; Ryan Davis of Ellijay, Ga.; Melisa Fair of Blairsville, Ga.; Mark Flowers of Dahlonega, Ga.; Lisa Garrison of Blairsville, Ga.; Selwyn Green of Mineral Bluff, Ga.; Janna Harris of Cleveland, Ga.; Kelley Niles of Lula, Ga.; Ashley Pankey of Blairsville, Ga.; Jared Peterson of Blairsville, Ga.; Natashia Phillips of Blue Ridge, Ga.; Rhonda Rabun of Blue Ridge, Ga.; Cherry Simpson of Baldwin, Ga.; Amanda Stephens of Blue Ridge, Ga.; and Candice Underwood of Blue Ridge, Ga.
“These graduates worked very hard to complete the ASN program,” said NGTC ASN Program Director/Instructor Stacie Perry. “We celebrate this achievement! They embarked upon their nursing school journey during a time of great change and uncertainty, yet they demonstrated passion for the nursing profession and a desire to make a difference in their communities every step of the way. They were determined to succeed, and they certainly did! We are so very proud and cannot wait to see what the future holds for them.”
The following Medical Assisting students received their pins: Alexis Franklin of Morganton, Ga.; Krysten Hodges of Blairsville, Ga.; Jasmine Jarrard of Blairsville, Ga.; Alicia Jones of Epworth, Ga.; and Kirsten Ledford of Young Harris, Ga.
“I am very proud of each of these students for choosing a career path in Medical Assisting,” said NGTC Medical Assisting Program Director/Department Chair Carrie Rodriguez. “Medical Assistants are the heart of the ambulatory environment. They are the glue that holds the medical offices and clinics together. I am blessed to have been a part of their health care education journey and cannot wait to see these students shine. I thank them for choosing NGTC’s Medical Assisting program, which is one of the top programs in the state of Georgia for the fourth consecutive year.”
Practical Nursing students receiving their pins were Drew Barrett of Hiawassee, Ga.; Desiree Bell of Mineral Bluff, Ga.; Jasmyn Casper of Cleveland, Ga.; Emma Conley of Blairsville, Ga.; Nikki Dyer of Blairsville; Amber Elder of Ellijay, Ga.; Jessica Garner of Gainesville, Ga.; Ashley Hames of Jasper, Ga.; Rachel Hill of Morganton, Ga.; Courtney Holbrooks of Clayton, Ga.; Brooke Hughes of Blue Ridge; Kerri Ivester of Hiawassee, Ga.; James Jonason of Ellijay, Ga.; Mikayla May of Blairsville; and Jessica Tanner of Blue Ridge, Ga.
“I am very proud of our Blairsville Practical Nursing graduates,” said NGTC Practical Nursing Instructor Sharon McFarland. “It was an honor to celebrate their accomplishments and success alongside their family and friends. Practical nurses are well sought after and needed in the healthcare field. I am thrilled that each student was offered a job prior to graduating.”
“North Georgia Technical College was honored to host pinning ceremonies to celebrate the accomplishments of the Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing and Associate of Science Degree in Nursing graduates recently,” said NGTC Dean of Academic Affairs Christy Bivins. “These graduates have shown dedication, determination and perseverance that has resulted in achieving an incredible milestone in their professional careers. Our community will greatly benefit from their commitment to healthcare for many years to come.”
“North Georgia Technical College is proud of the students completing the coursework necessary to graduate from the Medical Assisting, Practical Nursing and Associate of Science Degree in Nursing programs,” said NGTC Vice President of Academic Affairs Mindy Glander. “These programs are rigorous and require that the students master each concept and skill. Students have achieved success because of their determination and the knowledge and vast experience of our faculty. We appreciate their abilities and look forward to seeing them in action as they become part of our healthcare systems.”
For more information regarding Health Sciences programs at NGTC, visit northgatech.edu or call 706-754-7700.