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Nineteen Students Receive Practical Nursing Pins Dec. 15

As the need for nurses in the workforce continues to increase, graduates of Western Dakota Tech are well on their way to helping fill the important positions. Nineteen Western Dakota Tech Practical Nursing students received pins during a special ceremony for the completion of the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program. The event took place in Western Dakota Tech's Event Center, on Friday, Dec. 15.

Receiving pins is a traditional symbolic welcoming of nursing graduates into the Nursing field.

Nurses receiving pins for LPN program completion, and their hometowns, are: Destiney Aga, Sturgis; Abigail Black, Albuquerque, N.M.; Barnes Blakley, Madison; Katie Christman, Summerset; Rayanne Collins, Rapid City; Nick Eiesland, Summerset; Rachel Groethe, Rapid City; Emily Halstead, Omaha, Neb.; Britney Millsaps, Blue Ridge, Ga.; Tayler Monlux, Rapid City; Asma Murphy, Johnsburg, Ill.; Markee Norstegaard, Sturgis; Whitney Runs Against, Rapid City; Kelsey Sawdy, Summerset; Brittany Shaw, Rapid City; Faith Skapik, Minot, N.D.; Paulena Summers, Black Hawk; Erin Swan, Hill City; and Sydney Yeargan, Hermosa.

The following nurses also received special honors during the event:
  • Honors Graduate - Rayanne Collins.
  • Most Compassionate - Nick Eiesland.
  • Clinical Excellence - Markee Norstegaard and Tayler Monlux.
  • Peer Mentor - Whitney Runs Against.
Learn more about nursing education opportunities on Western Dakota Tech's Practical Nursing web page. More information is also available by calling Western
Dakota Tech Admissions at (800) 544-8765, (605) 718-2565 or emailing Admissions.

About Western Dakota Tech

Western Dakota Tech was established in 1968 and is the only technical college that serves the western South Dakota region.

Western Dakota Tech offers programs in a variety of fields, including Business and Computers, Construction and Manufacturing, Energy and Environmental Technologies, Health Sciences, Legal and Public Services, and Transportation Technologies.

More than 96 percent of Western Dakota Tech's most recent graduates are working, continuing their education, or are enlisted in the military.

Western Dakota Tech faculty, staff, and administration focus their efforts on helping students gain the skills and experiences they need to succeed. Through hands-on learning, internships, and industry partnerships, Western Dakota Tech students graduate ready to make a real and immediate contribution to their employers and to their communities.

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