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Practical Nursing Students at ATC Receive Pins

ATC-Class-of-2012(ATC Class 2012) Thirteen students received their Practical Nursing pins during a commemorative rose and pinning ceremony Dec. 6 at Altamaha Technical College’s Jesup Campus. First row (L-R): Tonya McReady, Chyna Manning, Kayla McBee, Mary Mitchell, Savannah Ledford, Tracie Wiggins. Back row (L-R): Altamaha Technical College President Lorette M. Hoover, Altamaha Technical College Nursing Instructor Betty Manning, Cassie Ray, Kendra Goober, Mabell Vann, Rhonda Rozier, Chris Trimmer, Kasey Swaney, Connie Tillman and Altamaha Technical College Nursing Instructor Virginia Lea Rothwell. (Photo by Denise Griffis Photography)

(Dec. 6, 2012) – Altamaha Technical College presented its 2012 Practical Nursing program students at the Jesup Campus with a commemorative rose and pin signifying the successful completion of their coursework Thursday, Dec. 6.

Thirteen students received roses and certificates by nursing instructors Betty Manning, R.N., and Virginia Lee Rothwell, R.N., and clinical instructor Kathy Jern, R.N., BSN, during the formal ceremony in the Jesup Campus Auditorium. Jern, Intensive Care Manager of Wayne Memorial Hospital, was also the special guest speaker.

The ceremony commemorates the students’ successful completion of their nursing coursework and clinical rotations.  Having completed their program of study, students have met the Georgia Board of Nursing requirements for a diploma in Practical Nursing and can take the NCLEX-PN board exam. The college has a strong history of success with nursing students passing the NCLEX-PN licensure test at a 100% pass rate last year.

The class of nursing students may participate in the college’s January graduation ceremony.  Altamaha Technical College graduates approximately 60 students in nursing yearly.

Students receiving pins are Kendra Goober, Savannah Ledford, Chyna Manning, Kayla McBee, Tonya McReady, Mary Mitchell, Cassie Ray, Rhonda Rozier, Kasey Swaney, Connie Tillman, Christopher Trimmer, all of Wayne County; and, Mabell Vann and Tracie Wiggins, both of Appling County. Goober, Ray and Tillman were recognized as honor graduates and National Technology Honor Society members.

Several students received special awards during the ceremony: Most Professional presented  to Tonya McReady by Gail Lewis of the Business & Professional Women’s Club of Jesup; Shirley G. Davis Clinical Award presented to Rhonda Rozier by Annette Kirksey, Chief Nursing Officer of Wayne Memorial Hospital; Kiwanis Scholastic Achievement Award presented to Kendra Goober by Len Bennett of the Jesup Kiwanis Club; Heart of Nursing Award presented to Kendra Goober by Carey Jones of Jones Healthcare; Wayne County EMS Award presented to McReady by Richard Johnson; and, AIR-EVAC Lifeteam Award presented to Goober by Tony Sumrow. Goober, Connie Tillman and McReady were presented the Elwanda Carter Perfect Attendance Award by Brenda Sowell, Admission Coordinator of Golden Living Center.

Class Officers are Goober, president; Cassandra Ray, vice president; Chyna Manning, secretary; Mary Mitchell, treasurer; Tracy Wiggins, parliamentarian; and, Ray, Student Leadership Council representative.

Pianist Bruce Harris provided special music for the ceremony. Lonnie Roberts, Vice President for Institutional Effectiveness, served as emcee. Chris Trimmer, Practical Nursing student, gave the benediction and the invocation. Practical Nursing Student Savannah Ledford sang the class song “Go Light Your Candle” during a special candle lighting ceremony of the Practical Nursing Class of 2012.

Altamaha Technical College offers Practical Nursing, Medical Assisting (Business & Services), Health Care Assistant, Paramedic Technology, Emergency Medical Technician, Patient Care Assisting and Patient Care Technician programs in its Health Occupations Division. To learn more about registering for these programs, visit the college online at



(Jones Goober) Carey Jones of Jones Healthcare presents Kendra Goober of Wayne County with the Heart of Nursing Award. Goober was also presented the Kiwanis Scholastic Achievement Award for the highest GPA in her class and the AIR-EVAC Lifeteam Award. (Photo by Denise Griffis Photography)



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