On Dec. 16, the Crowder College Cassville Campus will hold a pinning ceremony for its first class of nursing students. The date will mark two years since the college received final approval to offer the associate degree program from the Missouri State Board of Nursing.
"This is very exciting," said Sandra Reed Wilson, Cassville nursing program coordinator. "They are going to make great nurses. They will go to all sorts of great facilities. Most of them have jobs lined up already."
The Cassville Campus welcomed its first class of nursing students on Jan. 20, 2010. Over the last two years, students have completed over 500 classroom instruction hours, including numerous hours of skills lab training, which allows students to practice clinical procedures and patient care services by participating in a variety of healthcare scenarios.
Each nursing student also completed over 500 clinical hours, which are earned while serving in an acute care setting, such as a hospital or nursing home.
Nursing students who will complete the Crowder College Cassville Campus program this year include: Melissa Woodward, Audrey Stamper, Samantha Nash, Deanna Hawkins, Kristen Haskins, Brianne Ennes and Jessica Aldridge, all of Monett; Kari Cunningham, of Mt. Vernon; Amy White, Jessica Periman, Melinda Ross, Sabrina Gralheer, Melinda Girardi and Jennifer Dougherty, all of Cassville; Keilia Duffy, of Bentonville, Ark.; Melissa Moreland and Lori Dutra, both of Aurora; Nicholas Mercer, Whitney Leonard and Eliva Gomez, all of Purdy; Monique Haulk, of Republic; Janet Mangnall, of Sarcoxie; and Miranda Mitchell, of Butterfield.
The pinning ceremony will be held in the Crowder College Cassville Campus Community Center at 6:30 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 16. Students will participate in an official graduation ceremony at the Crowder College Neosho Campus at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 17.
In March of 2008, Crowder College received a $1.4 million U.S. Department of Labor's Employment and Training Division grant, which was used to help implement the nursing program at Cassville. The Cassville Campus received initial approval for the nursing program from the Missouri State Board of Nursing on June 2, 2009.