Nineteen students received the Associate of Applied Science degree in Respiratory Care in a pinning and graduation ceremony on December 8 in the Randolph County Development Center.
Dr. Eric Turner, president of Black River Technical College, welcomed graduates and their guests. He congratulated them on the work they had done leading up to this moment. Graduates had logged 800 clinical hours.
The Academic Excellence Award went to Megan Koller. Delia McLain was given the Clinical Excellence Award. This year another award was created, “The Against All Odds” Award, which went to Deborah Exum for perseverance and academic excellence during the recent illness of her son, Jon. The Preceptor of the Year Award went to NEA Baptist Therapist, Jeff Halbert.
Brett Vinson, Director of Respiratory Care at St. Bernard’s Medical Center, was the graduation speaker. He is an alumni of BRTC’s Respiratory Care program and spoke about how well his time at BRTC prepared him.
A reception was held following graduation thanks to the donations of Kroger, Price Chopper, Subway, Taco Casa, and Walmart.