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BOCES Practical Nursing Program Graduates 20

Graduates from classes at Belmont and Olean participate in special ceremony at Allegany-Limestone Central School.

Twenty students from the Cattaraugus-Allegany BOCES Practical Nursing Programs based at the BOCES Career and Technical Education Centers at Belmont and Olean received graduation pins and diplomas during a special ceremony held on Friday, June 9, 2017, at 7 p.m. at Allegany-Limestone Central School. Catherine Tomerlin, RN, BSN, Lead Instructor of Practical Nursing, served as mistress of ceremonies and introduced students who received their graduation pins and diplomas from Joan Weinman, RN, Belmont Instructor and Kim Howard, RN, BSN, Olean Instructor.

BOCES Nursing Program Graduates shown left to right are: front row - Ryan J. Feehan (Ischua, NY), Cassandra L. Roeske (Cuba, NY), Elizabeth R. Rettger (Duke Center, PA), Sunny D. Chilson (Bradford, PA), Victoria A. Cunningham (Almond, NY), Bobbi Jo Perry (Scio, NY), Kiersten E. Kio (Eldred, PA), Alexa J. Schultz (Olean, NY), Jessica L. Tomac (Coudersport, PA), Shannon P. Kochendarfer (Wellsville, NY), and Kaitlynne M. Darts (Salamanca, NY); second row - Holly M. Washburn (Fillmore, NY), Taylor R. Johnson (Wellsville, NY), Megan E. Hogand (Bradford, PA), Karen A. Swanson (Bolivar, NY), Ronda L. Green (Crosby, PA), Brieanne M. Jordan (Cuba, NY), Brittney L. Sherlock (Olean, NY), Melissa C. Johnson (Bradford, PA), and Carena A. DeJonge (Wellsville, NY).

The event commemorated their completion of the two-year program. All of the BOCES nursing program graduates are now eligible to sit for the New York and Pennsylvania State Practical Nursing Licensing Examinations.

Graduates receiving special awards included:

Academic ExcellenceCassandra Roeske, Belmont; Melissa Johnson, Olean

Excellence in Clinical PracticeShannon Kochendarfer, Belmont; Karen Swanson, Olean

Excellence in Care PlansCassandra Roeske, Belmont

Perfect AttendanceJessica Tomac, Olean

Exceptional Attendance Shannon Kochendarfer, Belmont; Alexa Schultz, Olean

Highest Score on the NCLEX-PN Readiness Assessment TestCassandra Roeske, Belmont