CNA Program holds first-ever pinning ceremony

INA, Ill. (May 30, 2019) — More than 60 students completed the Basic Nursing Assistant program at Rend Lake College during the fall and spring semesters. The graduates received their pins during Tuesday's first-ever CNA pinning ceremony.  

Allied Health Professor Amber Fann welcomed the graduates and guests. "I am so very pleased to see these students along with their friends and family at this special occasion. These students have earned this. Tonight, we are honoring students from all walks of life. There are our dual-credit high school students sitting here who completed this curriculum while still in high school. We have accelerated opportunity students who are competing this program while working on their GED. There are non-traditional students here tonight who have chosen to attend college, either for the first time or returning in order to start a new career. We also have our distance learning students who participate in the program at a different location than their instructor for lecture. All of these different types of students have met the challenge that was put before them, and we are here to celebrate that accomplishment today."

groupRLC's CNA Graduates who were able to participate in the first ever CNA pinning ceremony on Tuesday in the RLC Theatre. Back row, from left, Ellie Carlson, Kayla Conner, Consuela Moll, Madison Goodheart, Makenzie Nolen, Kaylee Dycus and Karlea Harris. Front row, from left, Kassandra Desantiago, Shannon Graham, Taylor Bizaillion, Dakota Curtis, Laynee Bebout and Abigail Barnes.

HugRLC CNA graduate Laynee Bebout, of Pinckneyville, hugs Allied Health Professor Linda Miller after receiving her pin during Tuesday's ceremony.

Basic Nursing Assistant Program Graduates

Victor Achilam (Benton)
Andrew Atchison (Benton)
Kelsey Bailey (Pinckneyville)
Abigail Barnes (Tamaroa)
Laynee Bebout (Pinckneyville)
Sophie Beck (Tamaroa)
Jennifer Best (Bluford)
Taylor Bizaillion (Tamaroa)
Emily Bullock (Mulkeytown)
Alexas Capps (Dahlgren)
Ellie Carlson (Pinckneyville)
Andrea Carruth (Mt. Vernon)
Jade Cassens (Mt. Vernon)
Terionna Chandler (Mt. Vernon)
Rachel Chelette (Mt. Vernon)
Madelyn Clark (Keenes)
Catherine Coleman (Woodlawn)
Kayla Conner (Pickneyville)
Dakota Curtis (Christopher)
Kassandra DeSantiago (Ewing)
Maranda Doiron (Mt. Vernon)
Kaylee Dycus (Mt. Vernon)
Amber Eaton (Mt. Vernon)
Amanda Erskine (Tamaroa)
Annie Gates (Whittington)
Madison Goodheart (Mt. Vernon)
Shannon Graham (Mt. Vernon)
Celaina Green (Mt. Vernon)
Caleb Hale (Wayne City)
Karlea Harris (Sesser)
Lauren Helsley (DuQuoin)
Kaelynn Hendricks (Opdyke)
Zach Hicks (Benton)
Kennedy Kimmel (Macedonia)
Kristine Knight (Broughton)
Maegan Kulich (Waltonville) 
Samantha Leneave (Bluford)
Jessica McClendon (Belle Rive)
Consuela Moll (Tamaroa)
Carson Montgomery (Benton)
Angel Noe 9McLeansboro)
Mackenzie Nolen (Thompsonville)
Olivia Norris (Benton)
Hannah Phillips (Mt. Vernon)
Cynthia Poston (Mt. Vernon)
Mareesa Ratajczyk (Christopher)
Bridget Riddle (Mt. Vernon)
Abygail Ritter (Pinckneyville)
Shayla Sanders (Waltonville)
Sydney Sanders (DuQuoin)
Sabrina Shimel (Benton)
Barbara Simmons (Dix)
Victoria Sledge (Bluford)
Gabriel Sprague (Pinckneyville)
Emily Stewart (Dahlgren)
Amilia Swinkunas (Thompsonville)
Taylor Tritschler (Pinckneyville)
Joshua Vaughan (Benton)
Whitney Webb (Benton)
Kelly Wininger (Mt. Vernon)
Rebecca Wood (Mt. Vernon)
Hunter Woodring (Thompsonville)
Carrie Woods (Mt. Vernon)
Candace Younger (Benton)

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