Fourteen nursing assistants working for Columbine Health Systems have received nursing pins for completing a two-year Practical Nursing program – a collaboration between Front Range Community College and Columbine.

The upgrade in their skills will allow the employees to provide more advanced health-care services and offer opportunities to be promoted by their employer.

The students: Abby Bullington, Ariel Cordova, Natasha Cotton, Amanda Curtsinger, Brittany Fischer, Jessica Hines, Jane Johnson, Moriah Howdyshell, Melissa Kunzie, Kayci Meyer, Karen Smith, Danielle Trujillo, Joanna Walters, and

Yvonne Willemann.

The program was funded by a U.S. Department of Labor H1-B Technical Skills Training Grant awarded to FRCC.

Courses were taught by Columbine and FRCC instructors and were supported administratively by the FRCC Nursing Program, FRCC’s Workforce Solutions/H1-B grant staff, and Columbine administrators and staff.

In addition to coursework, students completed supervised clinical training at Columbine care facilities in Fort Collins, Windsor, and Loveland. Students continued to work while attending classes.

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About Front Range Community College

FRCC offers nearly 100 degree and certificate programs from locations in Boulder County, Larimer County, Westminster, and Brighton, and online.

FRCC is a member of the Colorado Community College System, the state’s largest system of higher education. CCCS serves more than 162,000 students annually. The system oversees career and academic programs in the 13 state community colleges and career and technical programs in more than 160 school districts and six other post-secondary institutions.

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