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JTCC’s Spring Nursing Graduate Candidates Recognized during Pinning Ceremony

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Holly Walker
Public Relations Manager

Secondary Media Contact:
Heather Busch
Creative Services Manager

Released on May 13, 2011

CHESTER and MIDLOTHIAN, Va. – John Tyler Community College honored more than 50 spring nursing graduate candidates on May 10, 2011, during a pinning ceremony held at the Holiday Inn Koger Center in Chesterfield. Shirley Gibson, RN, MSHA, FACHE, who is associate vice president of nursing for the VCU Health System, delivered the keynote address.

The nursing graduate candidates are as follows (zip codes appear in parentheses):

Brent A. Ayres (23111)
Russell R. Boersma (23836)
Jacob Keith Bowers (23225)
Arlene Bowman (23112)
Omni Krsna Bowman (23234)
Denise Bratton (22407)
Kirsten Elizabeth Brownlee (23832)
Crystal Burkhalter (23139)
Wendy Marshall Butler (23002)
Rebekah Joanne Cartlidge (23112)
Melissa Jo Collins (23112)
Keyana S. Copeland (23223)
Danora Davis (23920)
Nie’Cole Anna DeBates (23237)
Thelma Downey (23834)
Tonya H. Driskill (23803)
Jennifer Anne Dunivan (23139)
Shannon S. Ellis (23235)
Mary Farrell (23112)
Pamela Franz (23237)
Heidi Elizabeth Frost (23002)
Nancy Goodman (23236)
Arlene Hylton (23831)
Jessica M. Ingram (23112)
Michelle Lynne Jepson (23235)
Essence Lamar Johnson (23220)
Jameelah Jones (23235)
Mikalan Marie Krause (23112)
Brian Lanning (22407)
Courtney Erin Ledbetter (23112)
Lisa Long (23894)
Stephanie McAnally (23228)
Serena Lynn McGee (23139)
Lauren Marie Meissner (23139)
Elizabeth Ashley Mitterer (23120)
Rachel Janie Nobles (23833)
Tara Ocasio (23237)
Candace Dawn Overby (23235)
Virginia Parker (23836)
Linda Primm (23958)
Kathy Elaine Primmer (23838)
Shane Patrick Rankin (23231)
Lori Owen Rose (23139)
Michael D. Roth (23059)
Amanda Dawn Saunders (23832)
Jackie Lynn Shore (23235)
Monica Danielle Snelson (23860)
Tina Snyder (23060)
Amy Brook Taylor (23235)
Ashley Nichole Thomasson (23139)
Tasha Trent (23831)
James Turner (23831)
Sunshine Welsby (23831)

Pinning dates back to the 1880s. The pin, given to graduate candidates, symbolizes the school of nursing where the students earned their clinical experience, achieved academic credentials and began their socialization into the profession. The ceremony marks the completion of that rigorous training and is often viewed with the same importance as commencement.

John Tyler Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education and is the fifth largest of the 23 community colleges in Virginia. With campuses in Chester and Midlothian and off-campus classrooms throughout the area, John Tyler offers quality and economical opportunities for students who want to earn a degree or certificate, transfer to a four-year college or university, train for the workforce, or switch careers. The College, which served more than 13,690 students during the 2009 – 10 academic year, offers 17 associate degrees, seven certificates and 35 career studies certificates. The institution also serves 20,000 non-credit students and more than 1,000 companies and government agencies annually through the Community College Workforce Alliance. The College also is committed to sustainability. In July 2010, it received a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Silver Certification for its Midlothian Campus Science Building, becoming the first in the Virginia Community College System to receive such recognition. John Tyler Community College is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

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