MILTON - Parents, spouses and part- and full-time employees were among the graduating class of the Central Susquehanna LPN Career Center's 12-month, full-time program. Commencement was held in the Shikellamy High School auditorium.
"Your journey has been one of hard work, dedication and commitment," said guest speaker Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) Executive Director Dr. Kevin Singer. "Some of you gave up jobs while others had to balance part-time work with school. A few of you have even worked full-time while going to practical nursing school."
Of the 50 graduates, 87 percent have secured employment or are in the process of interviewing for a position and plan to stay and work in the area.
"I commend you for following your calling to be a nurse," added Singer. "You will be a valuable addition to your health care facility and your community."
Carol Barbarich, program director, presented awards to five students. Shannon Dreisbach received the achievement award for scoring the highest on a standardized achievement test. Jacob Musser and Natasha Schreffler received perfect attendance awards.
Shahara Fox was the recipient of the Margaret Gass Memorial Scholarship, sponsored by the Sunbury Business and Professional Women's Association. The award recognizes a non-traditional female practical nursing graduate for her hard work, enthusiasm and dedication to the field of nursing.
Amber Piermattei received the Sally Crouse-Singer Maternal/Child Nursing Award. Sponsored by Dr. Kevin Singer in his wife's name, the award honors Mrs. Singer's parents for providing support and guidance while she pursued her education and career in nursing.
Daniel Fleming was chosen by the class to be the student speaker. Graduates were presented with pins and flowers from instructors Wendy Erb and Jessica Probst.
Since 1967, the LPN Career Center has trained of students for a career as a practical nurse. The CSIU assumed operation of the program in 1997, and in 2010 moved its location to Lewisburg. Over the past 15 years, more than 500 students have graduated from the program and 90 percent were successfully employed in this area.
Students can enroll in a part-time or full-time program, both of which are approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing and accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission. For more information, visit www.csiu.org/LPN.
Carol Barbarich, program director, presented diplomas to the following graduates:
Rebecca Ayars, Shamokin Dam; Diana Barton, Williamsport; Brandi Berkheimer, Liverpool; Barbie Bowman, Berwick; Michael Cendoma, Northumberland; Ashley Deegan, Milton; Samantha Delp, Sunbury; Shannon Dreisbach, Selinsgrove; Lisa Dyer, Watsontown; Ashley Farr, Milton; Jennifer Fisher, Sunbury; Daniel Fleming, Paxinos; Jeanette Fox, Port Trevorton; Shahara Fox, Milton; Kayla Frederick, Millmont; Andrea Galbraith, Sunbury; Richanna Good, Paxinos; Diane Hartley, New Columbia; Sarah Hartzell, Bloomsburg; Michele Heckman, South Williamsport; Brittany Hoffman, New Columbia; Jeremy Hoffman, Hughesville; Amanda Hunter, Jersey Shore; Ariel Keefer, Danville; Anna Kline, Mifflinburg; Kelsey Klingman, Sunbury; David Lewis, Danville; Michelle Long, Lewisburg; Trista Lukens, South Williamsport; Christie Marchese, Williamsport; Kaitlyn Munshower, Watsontown; Jacob Musser, New Columbia; Melissa Patraw, Jersey Shore; Amber Piermattei, Selinsgrove; McKenzie Romano, Williamsport; Kaitlin Ryan, Muncy; Natasha Schreffler, Williamsport; Megan Scicchitano, Kulpmont; Samantha Shingara, Paxinos; Stacey Snyder, Northumberland; Ashley Stiffler, Hughesville; Cindy Strawser, Selinsgrove; Kelsey Symanski, Danville; Evelyn Terry, Williamsport; Doris Underhill, Middleburg; Amy Weiand, Middleburg; Ashley Wertman, Turbotville; Brittany Wertz, Sunbury; Al-Mumtahanah Williams, Williamsport; and Jessica Zarko, Montgomery.