New nurses graduate from San Jacinto College

05.23.2016 | By Jeannie Peng-Armao

Twenty-four students recently participated in a pinning ceremony as the first graduating class from the North Campus extension of the San Jacinto College Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program.
The North Campus began offering the ADN program in Fall 2014. San Jacinto College's first ADN program is located at the Central Campus, where 57 ADN students graduated from this Spring.

“The ADN program began as a need to produce an increase in the number of registered nurses (RN) who can continue their lifelong learning and complete their bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) degree,” said Rhonda Bell, dean of allied health and natural sciences at San Jacinto College. “By expanding the program to the North Campus, we’ve allowed more members of the community to enter the nursing profession close to home.”

This is the case for recent graduate David Williams, who left the insurance business to pursue his ADN at San Jacinto College for what he describes as "a calling." Williams' sister Maria passed away from a blood clot at the age of 18. Williams remembers how the ICU nurses became like family and attended her funeral.

“I knew at that point that this was my calling,” he said. “My only regret is that I didn’t do this sooner. This ADN program is vigorous and challenging but also extremely rewarding.”

Williams will begin his new job as a registered nurse with Houston Methodist Willowbrook Hospital on July 10. But first, he’ll start classes on May 28 at the University of Texas Health Science Center to pursue his BSN.

Texas is projected to experience a job growth of 28 percent for registered nurses by 2022, according to the Texas Workforce Commission.

In addition to the two ADN programs, San Jacinto College also offers the Licensed Vocational Nurse (LVN)/Paramedic to ADN Transition program, Vocational Nursing program, and Certified Nurse Aide courses at various campus locations. To find out more information, visit sanjac.edu/career/nursing.

About San Jacinto College

Surrounded by monuments of history, industries and maritime enterprises of today, and the space age of tomorrow, San Jacinto College has been serving the citizens of East Harris County, Texas, for more than 50 years. As an Achieving the Dream Leader College, San Jacinto College is committed to the goals and aspirations of a diverse population of approximately 30,000 credit students. The College offers 186 degrees and certificates, with 46 technical programs and a university transfer division. Students benefit from a support system that maps out a pathway for success, and job training programs that are renowned for meeting the needs of growing industries in the region. San Jacinto College graduates contribute nearly $690 million each year to the Texas workforce.

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