BENNINGTON -- Twenty-three practical nursing students from Vermont Technical College's nursing program in Bennington received their pins during a ceremony Thursday.
Anne Smeglin, the site director of the college's local nursing program, acknowledged the faculty and staff for their dedication and commitment to success. The day's student speaker was class president Chelsea Briggs. At the close of the event, faculty were presented with flower bouquets.
The pinning ceremony took place at the Sacred Heart St. Francis Parish Center, a short distance away from the college's new regional campus at 210 South St. Prior to the college's move downtown, Vermont Tech operated its Practical Nursing Certificate and Associate's Degree in Nursing programs at Southwestern Vermont Medical Center. The move represented an expansion of the programs, and this fall the technical college plans to offer a new, online Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing.
A written release said graduates would be employed in a variety of settings, including acute and long-term care, private practices, clinics, and assisted living facilities.
Three students received additional recognition from faculty at Thursday's ceremony. The Amy Glazier Award, presented to the nursing student who has demonstrated the greatest growth and development, was given to Amanda Thomayer.
The Kristin Berard Award went to Terese Luczynski for best demonstrating the ability to integrate theory to practice.
Kerri Joslin received the Mihir Joshi Award for excelling in the field of maternal child health.
The Vermont Tech Practical Nursing program, formerly known as The Putnam Memorial School of Nursing, was established in 1946 by the board of the Putnam Memorial Hospital, now SVMC.
Vermont Technical College celebrated statewide commencement exercises on May 4 with a total 449 graduates.
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