New River CTC Students Going the Distance for Education

New River Community and Technical College prides itself on being affordable, convenient, and ready to assist students looking to pursue their educational journey. New River CTC Nursing (ADN) students Sandra Watson and Osei Bonsu have proven that when it comes to following your dreams, a quality education is worth the extra mile.

Sandra Watson, an Indiana native, has been a nurse for 30 years working in many different positions. After dedicating her life to raising her children and experiencing the loss her mother, she decided it was time to come back to school. When searching for a hybrid program that fit her schedule, Sandra discovered New River CTC. The institution’s success rates from admission to graduation, high NCLEX pass rates, and convenient hybrid schedule made her confident that getting her degree from New River CTC was worth the 6.5 hour drive each week. Sandra stays in Lewisburg, WV and attends the Greenbrier Valley Campus to take classes from Monday-Wednesday and then returns home to Indiana for the remainder of the week to work and be with her family.

“The first time that I spoke with the director, I knew this was where I needed to go. I knew right out of the gate they were willing to work with me and help me be successful. The program is set up for our success as students and the process at New River CTC has continued to be seamless. Our instructors are phenomenal. I have felt welcomed and loved by everyone at New River CTC, and that has made the difference in me being here. I would absolutely tell anyone that I made the right decision in coming to New River.” – Sandra Watson, New River CTC ADN Student

After graduation in May, Sandra plans to return home to Indiana to work with the hopes of getting back into bedside and ICU nursing.

Sandra is not the only student at New River CTC that is covering ground to pursue a quality education. Fellow ADN student Osei Bonsu currently living in Martinsburg, WV drives approximately 4 hours to come to classes on the college’s Greenbrier Valley Campus, staying in Lewisburg, WV Monday-Wednesday for classes and then returning home. Osei was looking for a program that would fit his lifestyle and allow him to pursue his RN degree.

“The cost, success rate, and convenient schedule were factors in my decision to come to New River CTC. The individualized attention you get from the smaller classes is very helpful and increases the opportunities to confidently ask questions, and the people here are so nice. Students should take advantage of the benefits New River CTC has to offer.” – Osei Bonsu, New River CTC ADN Student.

Osei plans to practice as an RN here in West Virginia and eventually travel back to Ghana where he is from to do community service and use his new knowledge and education to help serve the people there.

By overcoming personal and logistical obstacles, both Sandra and Osei shown that no dream is too far out of reach when you partner with the right people. New River CTC’s Karen Hoschar – Nursing Instructor, Erin Trump – Administrative Associate, and Staci Jordan – Nursing Faculty have embodied the mission of New River CTC by going above and beyond to accommodate and provide these students with an education worth going the distance for.

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For media inquiries and further information, please contact:

Mykah F. Price

Director of Communications

New River Community and Technical College

Phone: 304-929-5450

New River Community and Technical College serves nine counties in southeast and south-central West Virginia: Fayette, Greenbrier, Mercer, Monroe, Nicholas, Pocahontas, Raleigh, Summers and Webster. The College offers classes online, in Beaver at the Raleigh County Campus, in Ghent at the Advanced Technology Center, in Hinton at Summers County ARH Hospital, in Lewisburg at the Greenbrier Valley Campus, in Marlinton at One Room University, in Princeton at the Mercer County Campus and in Summersville at the Nicholas County Campus.

(Pictured Sandra Watson, New River CTC ADN Student. Osei Bonsu, New River CTC ADN Student)