Pinning Ceremony

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Students honored at pinning ceremony

pinning ceremony at TCCC

An emotional Amber Taylor receives her phlebotomy pin and certificate from Stephanie Reid, phlebotomy instructor at Tri-County Community College during the Health Occupations and Public Safety pinning ceremony on June 8 at the main campus in Peachtree.

Students who completed their training in health occupations and emergency medical services at Tri-County Community College were honored during a pinning ceremony on June 8 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 are here to recognize the sacrifices you and your families have made in order for you to be here today,” said Deborah Raper, coordinator of health occupations training. “You have juggled work, school, and your families to pursue your education. You stepped up to each challenge and persevered, and now we get to celebrate those accomplishments.

According to Bo Gray, vice president for college and community initiatives, all of the students recognized had completed a program exceeding 96 hours in length between January and May. Students completing between June and December will be honored with a ceremony at the end of the year.

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