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OJC Press Release ID: 2922

Friday, April 12, 2019

16 Nursing Assistants Pinned at OJC


On March 30 Otero Junior College pinned 16 students who successfully completed the most recent eight-week nursing assistant course. These students are now eligible and prepared to sit their state board certification testing to become Certified Nursing Assistants.

“We shortened the course a couple of weeks by adding one day a week to the schedule, hoping that the course would become more accessible for students who didn’t have the time to commit to a long program,” said Terry Hogue, CNA course instructor. “Shortening the course means students have less time to learn the same amount of material, however. I am extremely proud of our students and the hard work they put in to achieve this goal.”

March 2018 nursing assistant graduates:

1.Dominik Becerra – Fowler, CO
2. Aissa Cisneros - La Junta, CO
3. Benjamin Clemens – Las Animas, CO
4. Jessica Dawson – Boone, CO
5. Cheyenne Eddy – La Junta, CO
6. Orlando Estrada- Ruiz – La Junta, CO
7. Stephanie Frantz – Rocky Ford, CO
8. Lauren Hall - La Junta, CO
9. Crysan Kendall – Fowler, CO
10. Serenity Maestas – La Junta, CO
11. Darian McGhee – Fowler, CO
12. Wendy Miracle – Las Animas, CO
13. Aaliyah Morales – La Junta, CO
14. Katie Paniagua-Gamez – La Junta, CO
15. Santino Rodriguez – La Junta, CO
16. Amber Woodson – Swink, CO

The next eight-week nursing assistant course will be offered over summer semester, beginning June 3. For more information, contact Lynette Ramirez at 719-384-6898 or email


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Otero Junior College honored 16 Nursing Assistants during a pinning ceremony on March 30 after completing the eighth-week course through OJC’s nursing department. Pictured: From top (l-r), Orlando Estrada-Ruiz, La Junta; Lauren Hall, La Junta, and Dominik Becerra, Fowler; second row: Darian McGhee, Fowler; Jessica Dawson, Boone, and Crysan Kendall, Fowler. Third row: Aaliyah Morales, La Junta; Amber Woodson, Swink; Serenity Maestas, La Junta; Santino Rodriguez, La Junta, and Cheyenne Eddy, La Junta. Fourth row: Aissa Cisneros, La Junta; Stephanie Frantz, Rocky Ford, and Katie Paniagua- Gamez, La Junta. Not pictured: Benjamin Clemens, Las Animas and Wendy Miracle, Las Animas.