Cerro Coso Community College

Angels with Stethoscopes 22 Complete Nursing Program

10 nursing students in the Kern River Valley nursing cohort completed this May (L to R) Melanie Gillespie, Cicily Sadler, Cherish Mckinney, Krysti Mooney, Karen Hall, Ashley Underwood, Breanna Luker, Aubrey Sanchez, Stephanie Kriedel, and Caitlin Kaser.

When the world needs them most, Cerro Coso is proud to announce 22 students have complete the Nursing programs in Ridgecrest and the Kern River Valley this May.

With all eyes on healthcare professionals, those frontline angels battling the effects of the coronavirus pandemic, these students are well prepared and ready to lend a helping hand.

They have studied, worked hard, and supported each other through the tough times, losing sleep, friends, weight, and even sanity at times, surviving one of the most grueling programs of study.  They have formed special bonds along the way that helped carry them through all the obstacles of the nursing program, many while caring for their own families.

Thanking their family and friends for supporting them all the way through the journey, the real heroes to their success were the faculty. The faculty that challenged them, encouraged them, stressed over their grades more than they probably did, and taught them values that go far beyond care plans and NCLEX strategies. Nursing professionals, they admire and aspire to be, holding them to the highest standards of excellence to make sure they reach their full potential.

The inability to hold a public capping and pinning ceremony due to the COVID-19 Stay at Home edict could not stifle the enthusiasm and pride these future nurses have in their achievements. A slide show is being put together to celebrate their hard work and success.

Congratulations!

Photo Caption: 10 nursing students in the Kern River Valley nursing cohort completed this May (L to R) Melanie Gillespie, Cicily Sadler, Cherish Mckinney, Krysti Mooney, Karen Hall, Ashley Underwood, Breanna Luker, Aubrey Sanchez, Stephanie Kriedel, and Caitlin Kaser.

Kern Community College District