More than 30 students who recently completed their training in health occupations and emergency medical services (EMS) at Tri-County Community College were honored during a pinning ceremony on Dec. 15 at the main campus in Peachtree.
“We are all so proud of you,” said Dr. Donna Tipton-Rogers, president of Tri-County Community College, as she welcomed the crowded room to the ceremony. “It took hours of hard work and dedication from each and every one of you, and I am very honored to be here tonight to celebrate this achievement with you all.”
Four groups of students were honored during the ceremony: emergency medical services, nurse aide, pharmacy technician, and phlebotomy students each received their certificates of completion and pins.
“We have students who have worked all day and come to class at night, and students who have worked all night to come to class during the day,” said Deborah Raper, coordinator of health occupations training. “They have balanced families and work with their education, sacrificed weekends and days off, but tonight they are being rewarded for their diligence over the last few months.”
For Megan Lowe, a resident of Clay County and nurse aide student, Tri-County Community College provided the opportunity to better her future.
“I took this class to further my education,” Lowe said. “My ultimate goal is to become a flight nurse.”
Mabel Orr, a Graham County resident and nurse aide student, said Tri-County Community College provided a stepping stone for her.
“I would like to go on to nursing school,” Orr said. “My goal is to become a registered nurse.”
Among the students who completed their programs were eight students who completed their EMS training, including Brandi Smith, a resident of Cherokee County.
“I took this class because I want to help make a difference in the community,” Smith said. “Eventually I’d like to complete my paramedic training and work here in Cherokee County.”
Following the ceremony, students and their families stayed for a small reception and photos.
For more information about upcoming classes in health occupations training or emergency medical services, call (828) 837-6810 or log onto www.tricountycc.edu.
For more pictures from the pinning ceremony, please click here.
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