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First nursing graduates from new Wellsboro facility

WELLSBORO — Twenty-two students recently graduated from Penn College at Wellsboro’s practical nursing program, the first to fulfill their requirements at a facility dedicated in May.

The ceremony was held in the Deane Center for the Performing Arts; graduates processed in the Coolidge Theatre, then received family and friends in the lobby. The evening marked commencement for two full-time cohorts: Wellsboro and Coudersport.

The former began its study at Wellsboro High School in February 2019, then moved to the new building at 22 Walnut St. in mid-March. The Coudersport group had the majority of its instruction at the Potter County Education Council, using Penn College at Wellsboro’s UPMC Susquehanna Nursing Lab to refine skills they practiced in clinical rotations.

It was the 33rd class to graduate from Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Wellsboro campus, providing 453 practical nursing students to the Northern Tier since 1983.

Area class members

AUSTIN — Lacey Boyd.

BRADFORD — Autumn Jackson.

COUDERSPORT — Meagan Knapp-Moore.

GALETON — Rena Brown, Tonya Gail.

GENESSEE — Julie Conner.

MANSFIELD — Heather DeHaven.

MIDDLEBURY CENTER — Leanne McIntyre.

MILLERTON — Emily Bastion.

MONTOURSVILLE — Kelcee Kilpatrick.

MORRIS — Kathi Crooks.

ROULETTE — Melissa Hartman, Shyana Miller.

ULYSSES — Katie Thomas.

WELLSBORO — Lindsay Brown, Amanda Hand, Courtney Watkins, Cindy Weidler.

Graduates are eligible to sit for the National Council Licensure Examination for Practical Nurses and may be employed in health care facilities throughout the region. The program is fully approved by the Pennsylvania State Board of Nursing; another class will begin Aug. 31.

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