Cerro Coso Community College

Nursing Students Cap Off Hard Work in Ceremony

Nursing Students Cap Off Hard Work in Ceremony: Ridgecrest Campus nursing cohort (bottom l to r) Janice Carolyn Ribultan, Jessie Lynne Carson, Minerva Ceja, and Kim Webb. (Second row l to r) Amber Carroll, Katherine Craig, Lori Healey, Angela Vasquez, and Mandy Patin. (Top l to r) Saira Palacios, Jesus Salas, Christine Hannah, Cynthia Cavenaugh, and Shila Arian.

As a nursing shortage continues to plague our country, 36 (11 Bishop/11 Lake Isabella/14 Ridgecrest) nursing students from three campuses are one step closer to getting out into the workforce. Cerro Coso held two separate pinning and capping ceremonies in December, recognizing those who will make a living caring for others.

For some it meant the halfway point, but for others, it means leaving school and entering the workforce (pending passage of their state boards). The Nursing Pinning and Capping Ceremonies signify the end of a rigorous and physically demanding program of study. Students, family, friends, faculty, and staff enjoyed the solemn, joyful, and at times humorous ceremonies as instructors and graduates shared their thoughts and memories of the 12 month journey now completed. These students will have an opportunity to make an enormous, positive difference in the lives of people under their care. It was a perfect way to complete a semester of hard work and dedication.

Lake Isabella Campus nursing cohort (l to r) Amber Brassell, Kristina Torres, Nicole Thompson, Cristina Ramirez, Amanda Ehrhardt, Heather Born, Mark Gordon Chief Nursing Officer of KVHD), Christopher Priesol, Patricia Jones, Julia Haccou, Tayler Jaeger, Jennifer Sarabia, and Trang Le.
Bishop Campus nursing cohort (Top l to r) Vanessa Moore, Janet Curiel, Maria Ayala-Galvan, Diana Ibarra, Wendi Stell, Heather Morgan, and Holly Rossi. (Bottom l tor r) Carla Mendoza, Jennifer Davis, Tamara Raymond, and Elizabeth Kliks.