Donated photo. Pictured are students at the 2019 Region A Nursing Consortium Pinning Ceremony participating in the lamp-lighting ceremony. Schools in the Consortium are Haywood Community College and Tri-County Community College.

The 2019 Region A Nursing Consortium Pinning Ceremony was held recently on the campus of Tri-County Community College. This marks the 53rd Pinning Ceremony for Region A which included a lamp lighting with graduates reciting the Nightingale Pledge. Schools in the Consortium are Haywood Community College and Tri-County Community College.

An education in nursing provides graduates the opportunity to enter one of the most trusted professions. In addition, according to, this career provides many professional options with high starting salaries and flexible career and schedule options.

The US Department of Labor, Bureau of Labor Statistics says employment of registered nurses is projected to grow 15% from 2016 to 2026, much faster than the average of all occupations.

HCC’s class of 2019 nursing graduates include:  Madeline Elyse Allen, Venus Quetzal Ramirez Alvarez, Samantha Paige Baldwin, Jeannie Huber Ball, Tiffany Nicole Blankenship, Allie Lynn Blythe, Tamara Venita Broderick, Kortney Burnette, Olivia Jean-Marie Burnette, Suzanne Brooke Caraftis, Tara Devin Carter, Julianne Marie Cavacos, Brianna Corn, Roberta Elaine Edwards, Rosemary Kay Green, Kristina Louise Israel, Bethany Dannielle James, Megan Marie James, Blair Kala Johnson, David Joseph Klein, Savannah N. Lyles, Amanda Lynn Miller, Kiara Morris, Abbie Murray, Kimberly Lynn Pauley, Lynette Renberg, Carmen Larissa Robles, Christa Russell Shipman, Mackenzie Sims, Ashley Ann Smith, Victoria L. Thompson, Kimberly Marie Underwood, Maribel Lopez Varela, Kaitlyn Anne Winfield, Megan Elaine Worley and Benjamin Wright.

HCC students that finished the RN (registered nurse) completer program include:  Tiffany Renee Beam, Carrie Shields Beasley, Penny Brinkley-Gouge, Tonya D. Johnson, Bridget Golden MacOlly, Olena Pavlivna Marrengulye, Jennifer Rosadio, Katherine E. Tyskowski and Sherry Nicole Waters.

Registration for fall semester is underway now. For more information about HCC’s nursing program or for registration information, email or call 828-627-2821.