CCC celebrates 2015 graduates of Health Sciences short-term programs
CLARKSDALE– It takes a special person to work in the healthcare. That’s the message Associate Degree Nursing Program Director LoreanWillingham shared with recent graduates of Coahoma Community College’s Short-term Health Sciences Programs.

CCC celebrates 2015 graduates of Health Sciences short-term programs

Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - bdavis@coahomacc.edu

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Wed May 20, 2015

CLARKSDALE – It takes a special person to work in the healthcare. That’s the message Associate Degree Nursing Program Director LoreanWillingham shared with recent graduates of Coahoma Community College’s Short-term Health Sciences Programs.

“We can’t close on the weekends, holidays, birthdays, or any day. We operate 24/7.  A competent person must be on duty at all time,” said Willingham. “A healthcare person has to be able to smile even when things are not pleasant, demonstrate empathy when in contact with others who are experiencing pain or suffering while at the same time maintaining composure even though you are hurting just as much as they are.”

CCC students completing two short-term Health Sciences programs— Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) and EKG/Phlebotomy—were recognized last week during the graduation ceremony in the Georgia Lewis Theater.Family and friends crowded the building to congratulate the graduates and show support as they journey into their new medical fields.

Willingham told the graduates that although they’ve completed their coursework, the hard work is only beginning.

“You are now a member of a profession where much is expected. …This is not something to take lightly because we know that the majority of students in these programs are non-traditional students,” she said. “We understand that you already have a life full of challenges, barriers and complications. By entering a health science program, you have further complicated your life. Through all of these challenges, you stayed focused, determined and succeeded in completing your program of study.”

 She encouraged the graduates to keep CCC close to their hearts as they continue their educational endeavors.

“As you begin your career, I would like for you to remember Coahoma Community College played a role in laying the foundation of this career path for you and your family,” she said. “If you decide to advance your career, CCC will always be here to assist you in future endeavors.”

Pictured front row, from left, are Instructor Bert Stallings; Instructor Cassandra Hogan; EMT graduates Nasser Jackson of Cleveland, MS; JaConna Cooper of Greenville, MS; Tiffany Moore of Batesville, MS; Amber Brooks of Clarksdale, MS; (back row) Freddie Williams of Coahoma, MS; DeCarlous Lucas of Cleveland, MS; Willie Fry of Webb, MS; and Instructor Chris Whitfield.

CCC EKG/Phlebotomy graduates were, pictured, from left, Jordan Sales of Lyon, MS; Shirley Gordon of Indianola, MS; Jeleesa Lemons-Jones of Cleveland, MS; Mashella Williams-Campbell of Clarksdale, MS; Carla Walker of Pace, MS; Ashely Jones of Cleveland, MS; Shanice Hill of Glendora, MS; Loneka Payno of Clarksdale, MS; Joseph Brown of Greenville, MS; Darice Hale of Clarksdale, MS; Jasmine Bowie of Clarksdale, MS; Instructor Zaqua Ervin; Jakelia Holmes of Clarksdale, MS; Kadeisha Roberts of Jonestown, MS; Cassandra Bracey of Drew, MS; Kalifa Cartwright of Cleveland, MS; and Telvin Bryant of Clarksdale, MS.