Nursing Grads Ceremonially Launched Into New Careers

Many of those graduating from Jefferson Community College’s renowned nursing program will be using their newly acquired skills here in the north country.

There was a pinning ceremony Thursday night signifying the transition from student to nursing professional.

Fourteen out of 21 grads will go on to jobs at Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown.

JCC’s associate degree nursing program is ranked number one in New York and number one among SUNY community colleges.

“It’s such an honor to be a part of this flagship school,” Sara Rillera said, “so I was really happy and excited that I’m finally here and done.”

“I couldn’t imagine myself doing anything more than being a nurse,” Kristin Farmer said, “so it’s rewarding and — there’s no words to explain it.”

JCC also reports its largest number of male nursing students.