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Inaugural Registered Nursing Class Recognized

Friday, August 9, 2013
By Eladio Jaimez

Inaugural Registered Nursing class recognizedSeveral years of behind-the-scenes hard work finally came to fruition on Friday, August 2 when the inaugural graduating class from the Registered Nursing Program received their traditional pins at the Cultural Arts center at Texas State Technical College.

The first-ever RN class was made up of 23 students, including two male nurses.

Lyford’s Tracy Cash served as the RN Student Club President. Noe Vasquez, also of Lyford, was the class Valedictorian and Los Fresnos’ Gina Randolph was the Salutatorian.

“We couldn’t have finished without the support of each other and our families,” Vasquez said. “It’s an honor to be a part of the first RN class.”

In 2008, TSTC President Cesar Maldonado and other college administrators testified before the Texas Board of Nursing in an effort to start the Vocational Nursing Program at TSTC.

“When they approved the LVN Program, we started talking immediately about the RN Program,” Maldonado said. “By 2009 we began planning for it.”

TSTC developed curriculum required by the Texas Higher Education Board and the Texas Board of Nursing and moved forward with the journey of starting the college’s first-ever RN Program.

“I’m very proud to be a part of the process,” Maldonado said. “This one (pinning ceremony) is very special because it’s the first one. There was a lot of work by a lot of people put into this and tonight is a celebration of that hard work. We have great staff, faculty and students. And that adds to the value of tonight’s pinning ceremony.”

Of the 23 graduates, one will continue her education. Angie Gonzalez will pursue her Bachelor’s in Nursing from the University of Texas at Brownsville. The rest will be placed in jobs, RN Program chair Rachel Wilson said.

Wilson said the second cohort starts on Aug. 26 and 28 students are already registered for the program.

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