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SCC holds pinning ceremony for Respiratory Therapy program

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May 21 2019
SCC holds pinning ceremony for Respiratory Therapy program

SYLVA - Fourteen graduates of Southwestern Community College’s respiratory therapy program were recognized during a May 8 pinning ceremony at the Jackson Campus.

Students honored during the ceremony include: Haley Crouch (Clyde), Lacey Stockton (Franklin), Anna Oates (Bryson City), Kayla Fortner (Bryson City), Edward Lugo (Bryson City), Mandi Banks (Arden), Kristian Gilbert (Fairview), Alicia Vance (Waynesville), Katelyn Collins (Bryson City), Samantha White (Andrews), Callie Bolick (Sylva), Kennedy Jones (Sylva), Susan Burrell (Sylva) and Sophia Roads (Asheville).

All graduates from the program are eligible to take entry level examinations from the National Board of Respiratory Care and may also take the Advanced Practitioner exam. They may be employed in hospitals, clinics, doctor’s offices, nursing homes or other healthcare settings.
Several of the graduates are also choosing to pursue further education in the field.

Respiratory Therapy program instructors are Gretchen Guelcher, the program coordinator, and Marissa Gilligan, clinical coordinator.

“I know that each of these students will go far and succeed in anything they put their minds to,” said Gretchen Guelcher, Respiratory Therapy Program Coordinator. “They are all very strong, determined and wonderful people.”

For more information about the Respiratory Therapy program at SCC, call 828.339.4000 or visit www.southwesterncc.edu.
 
Respiratory Therapy students honored during their program’s May 9 pinning ceremony are pictured here. Front row, from left: Haley Crouch (Clyde), Lacey Stockton (Franklin), Anna Oates (Bryson City), Kayla Fortner (Bryson City), Edward Lugo (Bryson City), Mandi Banks (Arden), Kristian Gilbert (Fairview) and Alicia Vance (Waynesville). Back row, from left: Katelyn Collins (Bryson City), Samantha White (Andrews), Callie Bolick (Sylva), Kennedy Jones (Sylva), Susan Burrell (Sylva) and Sophia Roads (Asheville).