Practical Nurses Graduate From Penn State Hazleton
PRACTICAL NURSING GRADUATES-Members of the Penn State Hazleton 2014 Practical Nursing graduating class were, front from left, Tabetha DiNoia, Debra Grasley, Sara Gerringer, Jill Timony, Arnold Baven, Ailyn Santana and Kesha Pitre. Back: Mary Yagalla, Leah Rumbel, Kristen Pascavage, Suzanne Rarick, Linda Vasquez, Mountaintop; Sarah Machey, Drums; Nanette Yuhas, Miranda Motichak, LeAnn Schlauch, Melanie Cromis, Mary Lynn Bradley, Cassandra Zapotocky, White Haven; and Lisa Sinclair, Drums;. Graduating in absentia were Colleen Wuttke and Christene Wylie.

Graduates of Penn State Hazleton’s practical nursing program marked the completion of the program during a ceremony on Friday, January 17 in the Dr. Thomas M. Caccese Gymnasium in the Physical Education Building. Twenty-two students completed the requirements to earn a certificate in practical nursing and will be eligible sit for the National Council Licensure Examination-Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN).

The class began their studies in July 2012 for the 18-month program offered in the evening and on weekends in the newly renovated classroom and laboratory in the lower level of the Slusser/Bayzick Building. Students took classes at Penn State Hazleton and attended clinical studies at area partner facilities.

During the ceremony, graduates received their certificates and pins to signify successful completion of the program.

Graduates included local residents Sarah M. Machey, Drums; Lisa M. Sinclair, Drums; Linda E. Vasquez, Mountain Top; and Cassandra L. Zapotocky, White Haven.

Chancellor Gary Lawler presided over the ceremony along with Director of Academic Affairs Elizabeth Wright and Associate Director of Continuing Education Debra Conway.

Guest speaker for the event was Michele Smith Cassic, R. N., M. S. N., C. E. N., P. H. R. N., who serves as director of education at Hazleton General Hospital and a faculty member of the practical nursing program.