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Meeting the Growing Demand, CCIU Practical Nursing Program Graduates 17 Students

Downingtown, PA—Friends and family gathered this past December to congratulate 17 newly graduated practical nursing students from the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Practical Nursing Program (PNP). The graduates can now take the NCLEX examination to become Licensed Practical Nurse (LPNs).

These graduates represent the 123rd class to graduate from the Technical College High School (TCHS) Brandywine Campus.

The ceremony began with Dr. Francis McKnight, principal of TCHS Brandywine, welcoming and congratulating the graduates on their achievements, and PNP director Nancy Haughton presenting the class, which included the cohort valedictorian Erin Walmer and salutatorian Dorothy Berhndt.

Downingtown’s class president Danet Gallagher lead the class in the Practical Nursing Pledge and then introduced guest speaker Jennifer Madden, LPN, who is a 2013 PNP graduate from the Brandywine campus, an accomplished Army veteran and a practicing LPN at Coatesville Veterans Affairs Medical Center. Madden offered congratulations and encouragement to the class.

Following Madden’s remarks, 11 students were inducted into the National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc. Honor Society.

In addition to the TCHS Brandywine Campus in Downingtown, the CCIU’s Practical Nursing Program also has cohorts at the TCHS Pennock’s Bridge Campus in West Grove and the TCHS Pickering Campus in Phoenixville.

To learn more about the Chester County Intermediate Unit’s Practical Nursing Program, visit


Group shot of the PNP Graduating Class

On Thursday, December 6, 2018, students in the CCIU Practical Nursing Program became the 123rd class to graduate from the program.

Front 1 left to right: Katelyn Carney, Nikia Holmes, Aracely Ortiz, Arlene Rodriguez, Tatyana Williams, Catrice Williams, Erin Walmer (Valedictorian)

Row 2 left to right: Tedescha Short, Leslie Waltz, Angelique King, manju Siddique, Shabnam Mahdavian, Elizabeth Rosenberg, Amina Siddique, Ayana Holmes, Natasha Flowers, Danet Gallagher, Dorothy Behrndt (Salutatorian), Kelsey DiNenno, Leslie James, L'Tanya Taylor

Row 3 left to right: Tess Berkman, Nancy Haughton, Dan Schultz, Terry Boate, Jennifer Madden (Former grad and guest speaker), Trish Gramlich


Beth Edwards