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CCIU PNP Helps to Meet Growing Demand with 42 New Graduates

Downingtown—Friends and family gathered this winter to congratulate 42 newly graduated practical nursing students (who will take the NCLEX examination to become LPNs) from the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Practical Nursing Program (PNP). These graduates came from three different classes located in Downingtown, Phoenixville and West Grove.

Among the graduating classes was the first full-time cohort class to graduate from the Phoenixville program (P01), the 9th part-time class to graduate from the Downingtown program (PT09) and the 7th class to graduate from the West Grove program (WG07). 

The ceremony began with Dr. Kirk Williard, CCIU’s Director of Career, Technical & Customized Education, welcoming and congratulating the graduates on their achievements.

The Practical Nursing Program’s director Nancy Haughton presented the graduates and recognized Mary Zeisler (P01), Susan Hamm (PT09) and Molly Ohar (WG07), who were their respective cohort’s valedictorian. Additionally, Haughton recognized Cara Swartz (P01), Lucille Tedesco (PT09) and Nicole Sassi (WG07) as their respective cohort’s salutatorian. 

Next, class P01 president Marissa Riccardi, class PT09 president Heather McComsey and class WG07 president Victoria Foglio led their respective classes in the Practical Nursing Pledge. The guest speaker, Susan Decker, BSN, who currently works as a certified wound, ostomy, continence nurse at Bryn Mawr Rehabilitation Hospital shared her experiences while offering words of congratulations and encouragement to the class.

Following Decker’s remarks, 25 students were inducted into the National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc. Honor Society. Additionally, 15 students were recognized for their work as Practical Nursing Program Ambassadors.

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

 

Phoenixville graduating class sitting together and holding their diplomas

Photo 1 Caption:

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, students in the CCIU Practical Nursing Program, located in Phoenixville, became the first class to graduate from this program.

Row 1 left to right: Kailyn Painter, Cara Swartz (Salutatorian), Marissa Riccardi, Christopher Harper, Adora Foreman, Mary Elaine Zeisler (Valedictorian), D. Lori Brenner, Ann-Marie Remes

Row 2 left to right: Talonda Rogers, Gretchen White, L'Tanya Taylor, Lynn Situ, Ayana Archer, Jacqueline Roy, Nina Barbetta, Maresha Brown, Cheyenne Bell, Michele Carpenter

Row 3 left to right: Michele Tallman, Tedescha Short, Lauren Unruh, Trish Gramlich, Daniel Shultz, Kathy Blaize, Leslie Waltz, Nancy Haughton, Tess Berkman, Terry Boate, Leslie James, Sharon Hodge

 

Downingtown graduating class sitting together and holding their diplomas

Photo 2 Caption:

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, students in the CCIU Practical Nursing Program, located in Downingtown, became the 9th part-time class to graduate from this program.

Row 1 left to right: Iesha Archie, Maya Wilkerson, Shandel Cooper, Lucille Tedesco (Salutatorian) Constance Riggins, Candice Baker, Tanya Wilson, Danielle Renninger, Susan Hamm (Valedictorian)

Row 2 left to right: Talonda Rogers, Gretchen White, L'Tanya Taylor, Lionor Lugo, Jessica Shaw, Heather McComsey, Charity Tsedey, Eylonda Dunn, Tara Evans, Fatmata Mansaray, Sharon Hodge, Leslie James, Michele Carpenter

Row 3 left to right: Tess Berkman, Nancy Haughton, Terry Boate, Trish Gramlich, Dan Shultz, Kathy Blaize, Lauren Unruh, Leslie Waltz, Tedescha Short, Michele Tallman

 

West Grove graduating class sitting together and holding their diplomas  

Photo 3 Caption:

On Wednesday, December 4, 2019, students in the CCIU Practical Nursing Program, located in West Grove, became the 7h class to graduate from this program.

Row 1 left to right: Nancy Haughton, Destiny Smith, Victoria Foglio, Christel Woods, Cheyenne Haas, Christina Dillard, Shantel Sellars, Jolisha Darling, L'Tanya Taylor

Row 2 left to right: Talonda Rogers, Lauren Unruh, Trish Gramlich, Kathy Blaize, Dan Shultz, Leslie Waltz, Leslie James, Michele Carpenter

Row 3 left to right: Michele Tallman, Gretchen White, Terry Boate, Tess Berkman, Sharon Hodge

 

 

Anthony Saraceno
anthonys@cciu.org
484-237-5371