A recent Thursday was a unique day of celebration at the Gulf Coast State College Gulf/Franklin Campus when the first LPN to ADN class graduates


A recent Thursday was a unique day of celebration at the Gulf Coast State College Gulf/Franklin Campus when the first LPN to ADN class graduates. The program was expanded and the nursing lab upgraded earlier this year to give more Licensed Practical Nurses a convenient option in pursuing an Associate Degree in Nursing.



The 10 women and two men were students in the weekend-based transition program that began in the Spring 2012 semester. Half of this graduating class also earned their Practical Nursing education at the Gulf/Franklin Campus.



Its exciting to have the Associate Degree in Nursing offered at the Gulf/Franklin Campus because the Licensed Practical Nurses in this area now have a feasible means of obtaining a higher degree without having to drive great distances or sacrifice working hours for education hours, said Debbie Brzuska, Assistant Coordinator, LPN to ADN and Practical Nursing.



The Gulf/Franklin Campus nursing lab was recently renovated and upgraded through the generosity of the Alfred I. duPont Foundation and the Gulf Coast State College Foundation to give students valuable experience with real equipment simulating the clinical health care environment.



The pinning ceremony was Thursday, Dec. 13.



The 12 ADN graduates are: Shane Adams, Amanda Atchison, Brandy Banks, Jessica Hicks, Rachel Kenney, Charelle Louis, Brooke L. McVay, Miriam Nunez, Alison Price, Jennifer Ritenour, Kyle Steen and Leigha Thursby.