Twenty-one students who recently completed Tri-County Community College’s (TCCC) nurse aide training program were recognized during an inaugural ceremony with friends and family on August 15 at the main campus in Peachtree.
“These students have worked incredibly hard to make it to this stage,” said Deborah Raper, coordinator of health occupations training at TCCC. “They sacrificed weekends and days off, they postponed vacations and time with loved ones, but tonight they are being rewarded for their diligence over the last few months.”
Four groups of students were honored at the ceremony: three Nurse Aide I classes, including a group from TCCC’s Graham County Center in Robbinsville, and one Nurse Aide II class.
The students, donned in their green scrubs for the ceremony, received their health occupation pins and certificates of completion during the ceremony in the Enloe Multi-Purpose Room. In an uplifting personal touch before each student’s name was called, Raper read statements written by their instructors about them.
“Each student receiving their certificate tonight has left a mark on their instructors,” Raper said. “We know they will continue to achieve great things in the future.”
According to Raper, students who successfully complete TCCC’s Nurse Aide I class and pass the state exam are eligible to apply for listing as a Nurse Aide I by the N.C. Division of Facility Services. Nurse Aide II students who complete their class may apply to be listed as a Nurse Aide II with the state.
For Misty Morin, a native of Hayesville, TCCC’s Nurse Aide I class offered a stepping stone toward her ultimate goal: becoming a nurse practitioner with Doctors Without Borders.
“I’ve always known I was meant to help others,” Morin said. “I look forward to being able to share my compassion and love in such a life changing way.”
Morin said she was grateful for the timing of the class at TCCC, which she took during her summer break between semesters at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, where she studies nursing and Spanish.
“I’m starting my second year,” Morin said. “Before getting my nurse practitioner’s license, I’ll graduate from the nursing program and gain at least a year of experience. From there I hope to travel to a Spanish speaking country and assist in helping local communities stricken by disaster.”
Nicole Hester, a resident of Andrews, said she thoroughly enjoyed TCCC’s nurse aide training program.
“The instructors explained things to us so we really understood,” Hester said. “The class was very fun and educational.”
Hester said she took the Nurse Aide I class at TCCC because she likes caring for people and in the future she would like to become a registered nurse.
“It’s a great program,” Hester said. “I really enjoyed my class and instructors.”
For Stephanie Shamblin, a resident of Graham County, the Nurse Aide I class provided a convenient way to work toward her healthcare career goals.
“I chose TCCC because it was close to home,” Shamblin said. “It wasn’t long distance.”
Shamblin, who took classes at TCCC’s Graham County Center in Robbinsville, said she also enjoyed the instructors.
“My ultimate goal is to be a surgical technician,” Shamblin said. “My next step is to take the medication aide class here.”
Blakely Menkowitz, a resident of Murphy, said she learned a lot during her Nurse Aide I class at TCCC.
“Deb was very straightforward and honest about what was expected of us,” Menkowitz said. “It really helped me to buckle down and learn the materials and procedures.”
Menkowitz also said she benefitted from skilled instructors.
“They were good and professional, with really effective teaching methods,” Menkowitz said.
For more information regarding TCCC’s nurse aide training program, call 837-6810.
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