Nursing graduates from Assiniboine Community College (ACC) are moving on to the next stage of their lives to start careers in health care.
Graduation ceremonies held in Brandon in mid-September 2018 marked the end of the two-year Practical Nursing program for 48 students who completed their studies in Brandon and Melita. Students began their studies in January 2016.
Alyssa Marr and Jodi White were selected as valedictorians to represent their graduating classes at the Brandon ceremony.
Marr, who is originally from Redvers, Sask., enrolled in the program that was delivered in Melita as one of the college’s rural rotating nursing sites.
"I thoroughly enjoyed the nursing program and have grown so much as a person, as well as gained more knowledge than I even knew was possible," said Marr. "Nursing is such a rewarding profession, and I know that being a nurse will truly fill my heart with so much joy and love each and every day."
Marr plans to work in Brandon while her husband attends ACC. Coincidently, Marr is graduating the same month her husband begins his studies in the college’s two-year Agribusiness program. The pair plan to put down roots in rural Manitoba after he graduates.
White, who graduated from the Practical Nursing program delivered in Brandon, also wants to work as a nurse in rural Manitoba.
"The Practical Nursing program provided me with more than an education," said White. "I gained confidence, friendships, skills and insight that allowed me to follow my passion and become a nurse. I look forward to the new experiences and adventures that lie ahead for myself and my classmates."
In addition to the permanent nursing programs at Assiniboine’s campuses in Brandon, Dauphin and Winnipeg, the college is currently delivering nursing programs in Peguis First Nation and Southport.
The community of Russell will host the college’s next Practical Nursing rural rotating site with classes starting in January 2019.