Press Release from Coahoma Community College Public Relations; (662) 621-4061 - Brittany Davis-Green - firstname.lastname@example.org
CLARKSDALE – Coahoma Community College students completing short-term Health Sciences programs were recognized Thursday evening during a graduation ceremony.
Certificates were awarded to the students completing Emergency Medical Technician (EMT), Nursing Assistant (CNA), and EKG/Phlebotomy programs during the ceremony, hosted at 5 p.m. in the Georgia Lewis Theater.
Before being addressed by gradation speaker CCC Chief of Staff Jerone Shaw, the graduates received some words of wisdom from EMT Program Director Rhett Nelson, EKG Instructor Barbara Thomas and CNA Instructor Undrea Hagan, who all used the opportunity to encourage them to continue moving forward in their respective fields.
Shaw opened by retracing the history of CCC’s Division of Health Sciences, recounting the obstacles and challenges of getting the initial LPN program off its feet.
As one of the key players in the implementation of the Division, Shaw said that today it is very gratifying and rewarding to see the hard work of the many developers and stakeholders pay off.
“I stand here today feeling very proud,” Shaw said. “There is a gratifying feeling when we walk into the halls of our hospital and see our own folks there.”
Shaw said the demand for healthcare workers is a very real need, with projections indicating 75 million senior citizens and 35 million more Americans qualifying for healthcare coverage under the Affordable Care Act.
“If you have a degree in healthcare you won’t have to worry about getting a job in the United States,” said Shaw. “Those with bachelor and graduate level degrees are projected to be in an even greater demand.”
With that being said, he encouraged the students to continue pursuing their education and to take advantage of the programs offered at CCC.
“We offer many of your programs right here at CCC. …We encourage you to come back and tell your friends to come,” said Shaw in closing. “Congratulations on your chosen fields—I know that you all will do well.”
CCC EMT graduates were Terrance Hayes of Clarksdale, MS; Amanda McCain of Cleveland, MS; Jennifer Feduccia of Cleveland, MS; Ebihue Gilmore of Clarksdale, MS; Gekyra Toney of Clarksdale, MS; Ashley Talbert of Greenville, MS; Melody Shaw of Mound Bayou, MS; and Cleveland Gipson of Tutwiler, MS.
Pictured from left, are CCC Nursing Assistant Instructor Undra Hagan; CNA graduates Venessa Taylor of Rosedale, MS; Shatiya Bynum of Clarksdale, MS; Twanda Toney of Clarksdale, MS; Tori McClain of Clarksdale, MS; Lauren McClain of Clarksdale, MS; Mashella Williams-Campbell of Clarksdale, MS; Britney Chapple of Webb, MS;,Joyce Hale of Clarksdale, MS; Debbie Heags of Clarksdale, MS; Jakita Leflore of Clarksdale, MS; and CNA Instructor LaTonya Newson.
Making up the EKG/Phlebotomy graduating class were: Terri Cooks of Cleveland, MS; Shirley Gordon of Indianola, MS; Jalessa Lemon-Jones of Cleveland, MS; Raveen Flowers of Clarksdale, MS; Lasheba Matthews of Rosedale, MS; Kadeisha Roberts of Jonestown, MS; Jakelia Holmes of Clarksdale, MS; Darice Hale of Clarksdale, MS; Andrelica Smith of Clarksdale, MS; Timolin Nichols of Cleveland, MS; and Joseph Brown of Greenville, MS. Not pictured are Timothy Oliver of Byhalia, MS and Logan Whalen of Marks, MS
To view more photos from the ceremony on CCC’s Facebook page, CLICK HERE.