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OJC Press Release ID: 2800

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Otero Junior College Traditional Practical Nurse Pinning to be Held on May 25


The OJC Nursing Program will pin 19 students in the Traditional Practical Nurse (PN) program on May 25 at 6 p.m. in the Ed Stafford Theatre in OJC’s Humanities Center.

The students have completed at least 11 months of full-time study in addition to completing related course work prior to admission into the nursing program.

Successful completion of the Practical Nursing program allows the graduate to submit an application to the State Board of Nursing for the State Licensure Examination. Upon passing the state exam, graduates will receive the distinction of being a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). These students are also prepared to enter their second year in the nursing program to complete an Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing and test to become a Registered Nurse.

“We are proud of the all of our student’s hard work and dedication to the program,” said Diane McElroy, director of nursing and allied health. “We ask all to come support and congratulate our students who have worked so hard to achieve this accomplishment.”

For those interested in studying for a career in nursing, Fall Semester at OJC begins on Aug. 20. For information about enrolling in the OJC Nursing Program, contact the OJC Student Services office at 719-384-6831 or the Nursing Dept. office at 719-384-6898.


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The OJC Nursing Program will pin 19 students in the Practical Nursing program on May 25. Graduates include:

Bottom row (l-r): Clarisa Lopez, La Junta; Karleigh Bencomo-Marquez, Two Buttes Colo.

Second row: Taylor Vargus, Pueblo; Whitni Oquist, La Junta; Chelsea Widoe, Colorado Springs; Callie Sefcovic, Pueblo, and Leah Gonzales, Pueblo.

Third Row: Megan Ingraham, Denver; Ashley Quick, Cheraw; Stacy Steinbeck, Pueblo; Helen Haley, nursing faculty; Jovanna Joe, Pueblo, and Diane McElroy, director of nursing and allied health.

Fourth row: Jaclynn Johnson, faculty; Dorca Monanti, Lafayette Colo., and Corbin Sanchez, La Junta.

Back row: Maria Martin del Campo, Aurora; Holly Carter, Pueblo; Isaiah Iacabone, Pueblo; Macarthur Fox, Colorado Springs, and Marie Mora-Menges, La Junta.

Not pictured: Skyla McKenna, Denver.