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OJC Press Release ID: 2807

Monday, June 11, 2018

OJC Non-Traditional AAS Nursing Student Pinning


Otero Junior College’s Non-Traditional Evening and Weekends (NEW) nursing program students will hold their pinning ceremony on June 15 at 6 p.m. in OJC’s Ed Stafford Theater. The graduates have completed Associate of Applied Science degrees in nursing. The pinning ceremony is open to the public.

According to Diane McElroy, nursing director, the pinning ceremony is a time-honored nursing school tradition; signifying the official initiation into the brotherhood and sisterhood of nursing. The Associate of Applied Science in nursing program prepares students for practice as a registered nurse. Otero Junior College’s Non-traditional Evening and Weekend Nursing program is designed to provide students a means to maintain employment and home lives while completing a nursing program.

Students in the program attended Tuesday and Thursday evening classes and up to 10 weekends per semester to meet all the requirements of the program. Most students also spend two semesters completing their general academic requirements before applying to the nursing program.

The new graduates will soon be eligible to submit an application to the State Board of Nursing for the Registered Nurse State Licensure Examination.

The 2018 graduates of the program, who have received their Associate of Applied Science degree in nursing are: Akwasi Anokye, Denver; Madison Burdick, Springfield, Colo.; Bethanie Campbell, Colorado Springs; Jose Cardenas, La Junta; Celeste Carroll, Pueblo; Tonya June, Colorado Springs; Amanda McClain, Colorado Springs; Lillian Mittino, Pueblo; Hellen Nalunkuma, Castle Rock; Jeanette Padilla, Pueblo; Shurrell Ramsay, Manzanola; and Logan Shay, Springfield Colo.

For more information on the pinning ceremony contact OJC Nursing Director Diane McElroy at 719-384-6899.


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Pictured are Otero Junior College nursing students who will be pinned at the Non-Traditional Evening and Weekends Program (NEW) pinning ceremony on June 15 at 6 p.m. in OJC’s Ed Stafford Theatre. Back Row (l-r): Shurrell Ramsay, Manzanola; Akwasi Anokye, Denver; and Tonya June, Colorado Springs. Middle Row: Jose Cardenas, La Junta; Celeste Carroll, Pueblo; Amanda McClain, Colorado Springs; and Jeanette Padilla, Pueblo. Front Row (l-r) Lillian Mittino, Pueblo; Bethanie Campbell, Colorado Springs; and Logan Shay, Springfield Colo. Not Pictured: Madison Burdick, Springfield Colo.; and Hellen Nalunkuma, Castle Rock.