CPI holds graduation for nursing students

A mother-daughter duo were among 16 others who graduated from Central Pennsylvania Institute of Science and Technology’s practical nursing program on Wednesday.

Susan Poorman and her daughter, Shera Hebel, aspired to become nurses.

Poorman said she felt that the CPI program helped her stay focused as she worked toward her second career goal of being a nurse.

Nursing is a family affair for graduate Patricia Golembeski. Her mother is also a nurse.

The program is a part-time, two-year study that enables students to work full-time while attending classes in the evenings and on Saturdays, according to a report from CPI.

“This has been such a dedicated group of individuals who, I am sure, will be very successful in the field of nursing,” said Jane Irwin, practical nursing program coordinator.

Centre County Commissioner Steve Dershem congratulated the graduates, while Molly Buchanan, practical nursing program instructor and graduation commencement speaker, complimented the students on their efforts.

“We want the person caring for us to be kind and compassionate,” Buchanan said in a statement. “We want a nurse who will be our advocate and who will assure that our care is the very best.”