Otero Junior College will award 23 certificates of Practical Nursing in ceremonies on Saturday, June 1 at the Ed Stafford Theatre in the OJC Humanities Center. Speakers for the ceremony will be nursing faculty members Denise Root, Jackye Johnson and Kim Montejano. The ceremony will begin at 2 p.m., followed by a reception in the Humanities Center lobby.
Students completing the full-time Practical Nursing Certificate Program are from communities throughout Colorado and across the nation. The students have completed at least 11 months of full-time study in addition to completing related course work prior to admission into the nursing program.
Successful completion of the Practical Nursing program will allow the graduate to submit an application to the State Board of Nursing for the State Licensure Examination. Upon passing the state exam, graduates will receive the distinction of being a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN).
Students completing this year’s program include: Bonface Atika, Denver; Sara Barney, Fowler; Erica Becerra, Pueblo; Brianne Beebe, Cheraw; Valerie Carnes, La Junta; Ashley Carrillo, La Junta; Veronica Felix, Pomona, Calif.; Jeff Fouracre, La Junta; Paul Frank, La Junta; William Hutchison, Jackson, Miss.; Amanda Johnston, Swink; Justin Klein, La Junta; Heidi McKindra, Colorado Springs; Jennifer Netherton, Las Animas; Melissa Pecina, Wiley; Timothy Rogers, Temecula, Calif.; Sierra Romero, Colorado Springs; Cari Rowell, Colorado Springs; Lindsay Salas, Pueblo; Heather Sefcovic, Pueblo; Mary Shepherd, Rock Ford; Ali Walker, Pueblo West; and Daniel Wall, Dearborn, Mich.
The Otero Junior College Nursing program offers three educational options, the Associate Degree in Nursing (RN), Practical Nursing Certificate (LPN), and Nursing Assistant Certification. The RN and LPN programs are offered to students on the basis of either a full-time student, attending classes five days a week, or enrollment in the Non-traditional, Evenings and Weekend (NEW) program, that allows students to attend class on Tuesday and Thursday evenings and have clinical experiences on weekend.
For those interested in studying for a career in nursing, Fall Semester at OJC begins on August 19. For information about enrolling in the OJC Nursing Program, contact the OJC Student Services office at 719-384-6831 or the Nursing Dept. office at 719-384-6898.
Photo Caption: Otero Junior College students enrolled in the full-time Practical Nursing program will celebrate their completion with a pinning ceremony on June 1 at 2:00 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre on the OJC campus. Students and nursing faculty pictured are: Front row (sitting): Diane McElroy, instructor; Ashley Carrillo, La Junta; Heather Sefcovic, Pueblo; Marilyn Tabor, instructor; Tejana Cox, instructor.
Middle row (standing): Jackye Johnson, instructor; Amanda Johnston, Swink; Lindsay Salas, Pueblo; Justin Klein, La Junta; Heidi McKindra, Colorado Springs; Cari Rowell, Colorado Springs; Sierra Romero, Colorado Springs; Sara Barney, Fowler; Jeff Fouracre, La Junta; Paul Frank, La Junta; Jennifer Netherton, Las Animas; Daniel Wall, Dearborn, Mich.; Valerie Carnes, La Junta; Bonface Atika, Denver; William Hutchison, Jackson, Miss.; Denise Root, Nursing Department chair.
Back Row (up on blocks): Mary Shepherd, Rock Ford; Veronica Felix, Pomona, Calif.; Erica Becerra, Pueblo; Brianne Beebe, Cheraw; Melissa Pecina, Holly; Ali Walker, Pueblo West. Not pictured: Timothy Rogers, Temecula, Calif.