Upper Valley Career Center News Article

Nursing Graduation

Fifteen students from the Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division Practical Nursing program turned the dream of graduating from nursing school into a reality on July 12, 2016.  The graduation event was attended by Upper Valley Career Center staff members, family, and friends. Lori Ludwig, Practical Nursing Program Director welcomed those in attendance and congratulated the graduates on reaching this important achievement.

Class Advisor Paula Strebig commended the graduates on their accomplishment and offered words of inspiration.  “You entered this program with the goal of becoming a nurse.  Over the past 11 months you have grown tremendously through hard work and dedication and I am so proud of each of you.  It is my honor to welcome you to the nursing profession,” says Strebig.

Ludwig paid special tribute to individuals who demonstrated high academic success.  Recognition for Honors went to Jessica Sanderson of West Milton, Christine Grace of Piqua, and Jani McCoy of Troy. Perfect attendance was awarded to Jessica Sanderson of West Milton. Janis McCoy of Troy and Kyra Horn of Piqua were recognized for their contributions as elected Class Representatives.

Ludwig pinned the graduates and Instructor, Hazel Holmes awarded the diplomas. The July 2016 School of Nursing graduates are as follows: Ansonia- Amber A. Barbour; Bellfontaine- Whitney A. Chambers; Covington- CeCe J. E. Alvarez, Amanda M. Brown, Darion M. Dodson, and Alicia R. Frantz; New Madison- Brittany N. Steed; Piqua- Fanta’ Y. Gilmore, Christine E. Grace, Kyra N. Horn, Nena M. Lamb; Sidney- Alyssa M. Little; Troy- Jani E. McCoy; Tipp City- James E. Forman; West Milton- Jessica D. Sanderson.


Upper Valley Career Center School of Nursing holds classes at The Health Science Center in Piqua.  The school was establish in 1979 and has successfully graduated over 800 nurses that work in areas such as: extended care facilities, assisted living facilities, physician offices, hospice, home care agencies and limited hospital settings.  Students of the program prepare for the NCLEX-PN exam through classroom, hands-on lab skills, and clinical experiences.  The Upper Valley Career Center Adult Division School of Nursing is accepting applications for the upcoming September 2016 program. Interested individuals can obtain additional information online at www.uppervalleycc.org or by calling 937.778.8419.

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