WESTAMPTON, NJ  --  There are 17 new women who have answered the call to care for others through a career in nursing. Recently, the Burlington County Institute of Technology (BCIT) Adult Education program held the time honored Pinning Ceremony for the graduates from the Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) Program to celebrate together and with their guests.  

The ceremony commemorated the training of these new nurses heading into the public health workforce to even potentially face the COVID-19 virus. This event was a reminder of how important it is to celebrate milestones, in the safest way possible, and give hope of better times ahead. 

“I could not be more proud of the graduates, faculty, and staff for all of their hard work and dedication to reach this milestone, it was a total team effort," said Jesse Pappler, assistant principal of Burlington County Institute of Technology Adult Education School

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Among the graduating class were two Burlington County residents -- Kirsten D'Haem of Bordentown and Louise Akosa of Willingboro. 

Dr. Lisa J. English, assistant superintendent of schools also reflected on the achievement of these graduates saying “Strength, perseverance, and passion are just a few of the characteristics which describe the graduates from the LPN Class of 2020. The high quality work and level of mastery modeled by our students has been exemplary during unprecedented times."

"I am very proud and honored to see first-hand feelings of positive emotion, success, and celebration demonstrated by the students, families, faculty, staff, and administrators of the BCIT Adult Education learning community," added English.  "With great determination, the BCIT LPN Class of 2020 not only demonstrated their knowledge and a very strong will, but also, the tireless efforts to exceed their expectations and raise the bar!"

The BCIT Adult Education programs offer individuals age 18 years or older the opportunity to earn stackable industry credentials and employability skills to enter the workforce or improve their craft with additional job-related skills. BCIT Adult Education has received the Middle States Accreditation and is continuing to work through the process to be able to offer financial assistance through Title IV funding in the near future to students for some of our programs. 

Through year-round classes, the Adult Education program offers career pathways on two campuses located in Medford and Westampton. For additional information, visit bcit.cc/adulted.

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