The 2014 graduates of the Laredo Community College Vocational Nursing Program are pictured with faculty members before the traditional pinning ceremony on Thursday, Aug. 14 at the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Center theater.
LAREDO, TEXAS (LCC) - The local medical community is set to receive a boost in workforce as 30 vocational nursing students graduated from Laredo Community College’s one-year vocational nursing program.
These students were formally recognized during a traditional pinning ceremony in the Guadalupe and Lilia Martinez Fine Arts Center theater on Thursday, Aug. 14.
After receiving their pins, the graduates lit their candles and recited the health professional covenant before an audience of family, friends and LCC faculty and administration.
This year’s vocational nursing graduates are Melissa Aguilar, Claudia E. Amaya, Christina L. Barrera, Melissa Belloc, Claudia I. Cabrera, Yaratze F. Camacho, Liliana Castillo, Tiffany D. De Los Santos, Elyse Everett, Christel J. Flores, Diana E. Flores, Juan P. Gallegos, Eunice J. Gomez, Lizette B. Gomez, Sandra O. Gomez, Angela K. Gomez Ortiz, Melissa J. Guajardo, Enrique D. Gutierrez, Juan Hernandez, Belinda Martinez, Esteban R. Medina, Samantha Molina, Raquel E. Morrison, Monica I. Perez, Rosa M. Perez, Anne K. Ramos, Lorraine L. Rodriguez, Mario A. Sanchez, Hugo A. Santillan, and Karlen Vazquez.
Before receiving their pins, students took a moment to recognize two of their peers for their work inside and outside the classroom.
The Mary Alice Lopez Award is bestowed upon a student who is nominated by his or her peers for best demonstrating what it means to be a nurse. This year’s award was bestowed upon Christel J. Flores.
Also honored was Angela K. Gomez Ortiz, who received the Merit Award for maintaining the highest grade point average (GPA) within the program.
The VN Program at LCC is a clinically intensive certificate program which offers classroom instruction and valuable clinical practice in four basic areas of nursing, including fundamentals, medical/surgical, maternity/pediatric, and psychiatric.
Upon graduation, the vocational nursing student is eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).
LCC also offers a two-year Associate Degree Nursing program and a semester-long Nursing Assistant Program. While many vocational nursing graduates go on to work in the local healthcare community, many also choose to continue their studies in the ADN program.
The VN program is fully accredited by the Texas Board of Nurse Examiners.
Registration for the Fall 2014 semester is currently underway at LCC.
For more information about fall registration, call the Enrollment and Registration Services Center at 721-5109 (Fort McIntosh) or 794-4110 (South).
For more information about the Vocational Nursing Program, call 721-5255.