GCC graduates nursing students
Recorder/David Rainville Kevin Leszczynksi Sr., of Turners Falls, a 2013 graduate of Greenfield Community College's practical nursing program, peppered his graduate address with humor Friday as he shared memories from his 10 months with his 26 fellow graduates. Usually held in Leeds, Friday's graduation ceremony was held in Greenfield Community College.
GREENFIELD — Greenfield Community College Practical Nursing Program graduated its 21st class on Friday, the licensed practical nurse students represent Franklin, Hampshire and Hampden counties as well as Southern Vermont, New Hampshire and Connecticut.
Many in the class are non-traditional students who have balanced family and work responsibilities to successfully complete the program. Some are pursuing an opportunity for second careers; others are furthering their education in the nursing profession.
It is the 14th year the Practical Nursing Program has been based at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Leeds. Classes are held at the medical center and clinical experiences take place at several local hospitals and nursing homes in Hampshire and Hampden counties.
Graduates have successfully completed a full-time 10-month program administered by Greenfield Community College. They are now eligible to complete a state licensure examination and to attain their goal of becoming licensed practical nurses. Once licensed, graduates are eligible for nursing positions in long-term care facilities, physicians’ offices and clinics, schools, correctional facilities and psychiatric settings.
Robert L. Pura, president of Greenfield Community College, gave the commencement address and awarded certificates. Guest speaker was Patrick Keefe, a registered nurse from Holyoke Medical Center. The graduating student speaker was Kevin F. Leszczynski Sr. of Turners Falls.
Franklin County graduates were:
Rita Bintz, Laurie M. Cendrowski, Jodi L. Fortin, Sara Rachel Garfinkel, Emma Johnson and Sarah Elizabeth Kingsley, Sharon Lee Malek, and Janell Suchanek of Greenfield.
Leszczynski, of Turners Falls.
Bradley Pisko of Conway.
Chelsea Ann Wills of Erving
Ashley D. Witherspoon, Benjamin C. Woloss and Kristina Woods of South Deerfield