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    Page Title| Happenings News Stories  2009

     

    July 21, 2009

    OCVTS Holds Graduation for Practical Nursing Students
    Jean Sullivian, July 21, 2009


    The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education presented scholarships to (L to R): Pauline Borkowski, of Little Egg Harbor; Mary-Jo Horohoe, of Toms River; Jeannine Italiano, of Bayville; and Kennard Willis, Jr., of Tuckerton  

    OCEAN COUNTY, NEW JERSEY- Ocean County Vocational Technical School (OCVTS) recently held graduation ceremonies for the Practical Nursing program. 69 student nurses, many of whom will be pursuing their Registered Nursing degrees through various two-year and four-year college programs, received diplomas for successfully completed the 11 month intensive Practical Nursing program. Families and friends gathered to applaud the graduates who persevered through the extremely challenging curriculum and demanding schedules and completed the program. Several graduates received scholarships and recognition for outstanding achievements.

    The Ocean County Foundation for Vocational Technical Education presented scholarships for the continuation of academic advancement to several graduates to acknowledge the student’s hard work and dedication to their vocation, school community and family. Awards are presented to the following students: Pauline Borkowski, of Little Egg Harbor, Mary-Jo Horohoe, of Toms River, Jeannine Italiano, of Bayville, Kennard Willis, Jr., of Tuckerton.

    The Vocational Education Commitment Award and Scholarship (known as the VECA Award) recognizes outstanding service, leadership and dedication to vocational education and is in memory of Bruce B. Beatty, a former engineer and President of the Society of Professional Engineers, was presented to Kimberly Davis, of Lakewood.

    Fostering a climate of teamwork, information sharing and a commitment to high nursing standards, awards for Professional Growth and Leadership were presented to: Brandi Crawford, of Barnegat, Kristeen Rayment, of Barnegat, Serena Goodrich, of Toms River.

      Awards of Academic Excellence were presented to (L to R) Christopher Shenko, of Toms River for maintaining the third highest grade point average Crystal Wheeler, of Lanoka Harbor for maintaining the highest grade point average and Christina Kelly, of Bayville, for maintaining the second highest average and throughout the program.

    Several graduates excelled in both academics and the required clinical work experience at local medical facilities. Through the generosity of the nursing program’s clinical affiliates, Clinical Excellence Awards were presented: Community Medical Center, Clinical Excellence Awards: • Pauline Borkowski, of Little Egg Harbor • Jennifer Higgins, of Brick • Theresa Monachello, of Cedar Run • Christopher Shenko, of Toms River who was also recognized for maintaining the third highest grade point average throughout the program.

    Health South Acute Rehabilitation Hospital of Toms River, Clinical Excellence Award: Samantha Bitzberger, of Little Egg Harbor • Casey Marcus, of Lanoka Harbor.

    Meridian/Brick Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, Clinical Excellence Award: • Melissa Askins, of Toms River • Stephanie Trimble, of Toms River.

    Awards of Academic Excellence were presented to Crystal Wheeler, of Lanoka Harbor for maintaining the highest grade point average and Christina Kelly, of Bayville, for maintaining the second highest average throughout the program.

    Vice Principal of Nursing, Jo Ann Price sees a bright future for OCVTS graduates. “Licensed Practical Nurses are a vital part of healthcare and their roles and responsibilities will continue to grow. We are extremely proud of our students. They work hard and we support them in every way.”

     


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