Practical nursing program to graduate June 25

June 24, 2010

Twenty-two  Greenfield Community College practical nursing students will be graduating in a ceremony to be held on Friday, June 25, 2010 at 4:00 p.m. at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leeds. 

This is the eighteenth graduating class of the program which prepares students to become Licensed Practical Nurses. 

 Many in the class are non-traditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete the program.  Some are pursuing an opportunity for second careers; others are furthering their education in the nursing profession. 

 It is the eleventh year the Practical Nursing Program has been at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center.  Classes are held at the Medical Center and clinical experiences take place at the Medical Center and several other local hospitals and nursing homes in Hampshire and Franklin Counties. 

 Graduates have successfully completed a full-time ten month program administered by Greenfield Community College.  They are now eligible to complete a state licensure examination and to attain their goal of becoming licensed practical nurses.

 Many of the graduates have been offered positions in long-term care facilities, physicians’ offices and clinics, schools, correctional facilities and psychiatric settings.

 The graduation program will include the awarding of certificates, a pinning ceremony, guest speakers and the presentation of awards in academic and clinical excellence.  Also, on the occasion of her retirement, Susan F. Gusan will be recognized for 22 years of teaching excellence in practical nursing.  

Dr. Robert L. Pura, President of Greenfield Community College will make opening remarks and award certificates.  Guest speaker is Kevin Mapel, Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing alumnus, class of 1995.  Student speaker is Maria E. Rivera.

Graduates by Resident Towns:

Aimie Allen Greenfield
Debra Bazzani Northfield
Eileen Boutwell Greenfield
Shelley Brown Guilford, VT
Julie Craig Northfield
Lori Dufresne Ashfield
Martha Elliott Deerfield
Liliya Federyuk Greenfield
Ashley Johnson Sunderland
Kelly Paulin Gill
Brittany Tuttle Brattleboro, VT
Christine Cortright Pelham
Jennifer Gonyer Northampton
Kaylah Hemlow West Hatfield
Maria Rivera Amherst
Jennifer Underwood Belchertown
Lath Chien Springfield
Shayna Graham West Springfield
Elizabeth Harlow West Springfield
Olga MacKay West Springfield
Alica Molina Springfield
Shenee Robinson Springfield