[BEAVER, W.Va.] New River Community and Technical College held their fifteenth practical nursing pinning ceremony on July 16 at the college’s Raleigh County Campus in Beaver.

The practical nursing class of 2018 includes: Maranda Archie, Ghent; Brianna Beckett, Sinks Grove; Joseph Bias, Beckley; Nicole Culver, Craigsville; Sarah Gillihan, Erbacon; Vanessa Griffin, Summersville; Noah Holcomb, Fenwick; Kari Howell, Pineville; Kasey Johnson, Sutton; Erin Legg, Hico; Samantha Lynch, Sutton; Samantha Meadows, Beckley; Tierra Mullins, Richwood; Shawna Nottingham, Burnsville; Karen Owen, Coal City; Heather Peters, Beckley; Ryan Pittman, Sophia; Kathryn Smith, Lewisburg; Leslie Smith, Beckley; Kalkidon Stout, Alderson; Alyssa Tharp, Cowen; Chasity Thomas, Mount Lookout; Amanda Waters, Oak Hill; and Christopher Wood, Summersville.

During the ceremony, the college recognized Kari Howell as the practical nursing academic student of the year, Samantha Meadows as the Raleigh County Campus practical nursing clinical student of the year, Kalkidon Stout as the Greenbrier Valley Campus practical nursing clinical student of the year, and Noah Holcomb as the Nicholas County Campus practical nursing clinical student of the year.

New River CTC’s Certificate of Applied Science in Practical Nursing program is offered at the college’s campuses in Lewisburg, Summersville and Beaver and can be completed in 11 months. The program prepares students for career pathways allowing credits to transfer into more advanced nursing programs. Recent graduates have done well both on the licensure exam and in the job market.

“Our 2016 graduates had a 100% pass rate on the NCLEX-PN [National Council Licensure Exam-Practical Nursing],” said Director of Practical Nursing Joanna Perry. “And we have a 100% placement rate for our graduates because there’s a high demand for nurses in our area.”

For information on New River CTC’s nursing program, visit http://www.newriver.edu or contact Perry at jperry@newriver.edu or 304-883-2429 or Administrative Secretary Tina Bryant at 304-883-2444. For information admissions and other programs, call 1-866-349-3739 or email admissions@newriver.edu.

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeastern West Virginia from the Greenbrier Valley Campus (Lewisburg), Mercer County Campus (Princeton), Nicholas County Campus (Summersville) and Raleigh County Campus (Beaver).

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