COTC Recognizes Nursing Program Graduates

NEWARK, Ohio, Dec. 15, 2017 —Central Ohio Technical College (COTC) held pinning ceremonies on Dec. 10, 2017, at Roscoe Village Foundation in Coshocton and Dec. 14, 2017, at COTC's Newark campus to recognize graduates receiving an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Technology or a Practical Nursing One-Year Certificate.* Graduates are grouped by hometown.

Associate Degree Nursing

Baltimore: Kendra George

Blacklick: Hadja Bah, Britney Hawker and Penny Macharia,

Columbus: Megan Bledsoe, Kristin Demint, Marquitta Hamrick, Joanna Hensley, Katy Hunter, Nate'sha Lawson, Irene Nyaachi, Yuliya Skarzhinets and Takkia Williams

Coshocton: Tina Ramsey

Delaware: Hilary Willis

Frazesyburg: Rachel Dudte and  Melissa Schwartz

Fresno: Ashley Regula

Gahanna: Deliesha Douglas, Paige Jarrells and Ellen Pietrykowski

Glenford: Mary Sargent

Granville: Erika Stout

Hebron: Gabrielle Cerovski

Howard: Kimberly Byers and Heidi Robinson

Johnstown: Ashley Bush and Ashley Hinkle

Lewis Center: Heather Frost and Joanna Ramey

Logan: Kassandra McDonald

Marengo: Brittney Fields

Millersburg: Karla Bird

Mount Vernon: Tracy Beach, Marie Curry, Katherine Daley and Melinda Rogers

Nashport: Amanda Jenkins

New Philadelphia: Jennifer Cimperman

Newark: Chernor Bah, McKenzie Clark, Robert Fields, Lindsay Kiplinger, Jason Klein, Kathryn Maneely, Sarah Newton and Ashlee Shoults

Pataskala: Cory Chaney, Hailey Jeter and Lisa Pence

Pickerington: Meggan Addy

Powell: Carolina Gonzalez-Vazquez

Reynoldsburg: Suzzie Somuah-Adusei and Brad Tavan

Saint Louisville: Madison Snedden

Sunbury: Kelly Carter and Casey Varble

Tuscarawas: Courtney Vanfossen

Utica: Jenae Joseph

West Lafayette: Heather Robison

Westerville: Tiffany Hannah

Zanesville: Heather Feulner and Haley Robinson


Practical Nursing Certificate

Baltimore: Ashley Miller

Blacklick: Amber Couch

Cambridge Elizabeth Patterson

Canal Winchester: Cierra Spencer

Carroll: Carlee Znamenacek

Columbus: Rhoda Addei, Rachael Banker and Cindy Wall

Coshocton: Emylee Erman, Emily Hardesty and Joy Heller

Frazeysburg: Aziza Sidwell

Fresno: Jordan Lonergan

Glenford: Cassandra Smart

Granville: Jessica Whitney

Heath: Anaveli Morales

Lancaster: Brenna Woodburn

Millersburg: Stoney Hurley

Mount Vernon: Dawn Colopy

Nashport: Josslyn Miller

Newark: Kyle Gattrell, Teal Richards and Ashley Yates

Pickerington: Jennifer Miller

Sugar Grove: Sierra Hurst

West Lafayette: Taylor Morris

*Only graduates who have granted COTC permission to release their names to the public are listed.

The pinning ceremony is a long-held tradition marking the passage of student to the ranks of professional nursing. The ceremony originated in the 1860s at London's Nightingale School of Nursing. Florence Nightingale, who had recently been awarded the Red Cross of St. George for her selfless service to the injured and dying in the Crimean War, chose to extend this honor to outstanding nursing graduates by presenting each of them with a medal for excellence.​

COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.​​