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Valley Tech Pays Tribute to the Practical Nursing Class of 2019

20 Graduates Earn Nursing Certificates – January 31, 2019  


PN Graduation 2019 The countless hours of studying, exams, assignments, and 1090 hours of course and clinical work met with success and celebration on January 23rd, as 20 members of the Blackstone Valley Tech Practical Nursing of Class of 2019 took part in the 8th commencement ceremony honoring their achievements. The 20 practical nursing graduates received certificates in Practical Nursing and are eligible to take the National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX-PN).


The 8th commencement ceremony featured special guests State Senator Michael O. Moore (D-Millbury) and State Representative Joseph McKenna (R-Webster).


Superintendent–Director Dr. Michael Fitzpatrick thanked lawmakers and stakeholders for their ongoing support of the program. Dr. Fitzpatrick addressed the Class of 2019, “After tonight, I encourage you to shape your wellness training path with the realization that you have the potential to make a difference. Map out your next steps. Build new relationships. You are now a polished product of Valley Tech.”


The guest speaker, Joyce Gilmore, RN (Advisory Board Member) spoke of the dedication and commitment that was required by the Class of 2019 to achieve their dreams of becoming a practical nurse.


This was the 5th graduating class under the leadership of Joann L. Monks, MBA, MSc, RN-BC, RMA, Practical Nursing Coordinator. Mrs. Monks addressed the Class of 2019, “Tonight’s graduation is an acknowledgement of all your hard work. You are ready to be professional nurses and lifelong learners.”


The Class Vice President, Jennifer Lang of Southbridge, delivered the class address and echoed the hard work and accomplishment of the Class of 2019. “We all share one thing in common, we are all nurses and we all made it.”


BVT Post-Secondary Practical Nursing Class of 2019 presents the following graduates:


Monday Pray and Shelley Wyllie (Perfect Attendance Award)


Jamie Bourgery


Tamara Edwards


Carol Parlante (Perfect Attendance Award and Outstanding Academic Achievement Award)


Maria Sonia Dos Reis-Soares


Melissa McInerney


Maria Luiza Costa (Faculty Recognition Award) and Samantha Libby


Jennifer Lang (Outstanding Academic Achievement Award)


Adele Patsky


Sierra Thibeault


Brianna Beaupre and Savannah Veau


Charlyn Familia, Deanna Heath (Perfect Attendance Award)
Afia Konadu Opoku (Faculty Recognition Award)
Tiaggy Phanor and Brenda Senosk


Woonsocket, RI
Natalie Susienka


The BVT Post-Secondary Practical Nursing Program (PNP) was established in 2009 to provide adult learners with a life-changing opportunity to pursue a career in healthcare. The PNP has approval from the Massachusetts Board of Registration in Nursing (MABORN) and the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN). The PNP is a part time program that provides 1090 hours of course work and clinical experiences.


Applications are currently being accepted for the class starting in August 2019. To learn more about the BVT Post-Secondary Practical Nursing Program contact Joann L. Monks at 508-529-7758 ext. 3014 or visit our website at