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New Wave of Nurses Graduate from SCC

Recent SCC Nursing graduates include, front row, from left: Beth Bunting of Franklin, Jessica Rodmaker of Bryson City, Patricia Buchanan of Sylva, Amanda Patterson of Robbinsville, David (Nic) Cook of Leicester and Alexandria Bird of Robbinsville. Second row: Kaitlyn Putnam of Sylva, Daphney Brinkman of Franklin, Amber Sellino of Franklin, Cory Suppa of Bryson City and Rebecca Green of Franklin. Third row: Charles Smith of Robbinsvile, Kari Putnam of Sylva, Ashley Buchanan of Franklin, Hayley Moralez of Franklin and Katie Moore of Waynesville. Fourth row: Hillary Foster of Almond, Deanah Smith of Whittier, Sarah Brown of Greensboro and Kennedy Sorrells of Canton. Fifth row: Jennifer Carey of Cherokee, Leah Carter of Franklin, Elizabeth Cartwright of Canton and Kassandra Matthews of Bryson City. Back row: Melissa Quiletorio of Franklin.

Eager to address the region’s nursing shortage, 25 recent Southwestern Community College graduates were honored in a pinning ceremony on May 11 at the Jackson Campus.

All the recent SCC Nursing grads are planning to take their official licensure exams this summer so that they can begin working in area hospitals and other community healthcare facilities.

“This has been an outstanding group of students, and we know they are going to make us proud as they begin their careers throughout our region and state,” said Amy Banner, SCC’s Nursing Program Director. “Our program is rigorous, challenging and – at times – exhausting. We believe that is exactly the type of preparation nurses need, and we know our graduates will be successful because they persevered and exceled here.”

All the graduates earned an associate of arts degree from SCC. Five of them are part of the WNC-Regionally Increasing Baccalaureate Nurses program (WNC-RIBN), which dually enrolls students at SCC and Western Carolina University.

Those five students have completed their first three years toward a bachelor’s degree and will finish their studies through WCU.

For more information about Nursing and WNC-RIBN at Southwestern, visit www.SouthwesternCC.edu or call 828.339.4000.

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