WTA Nursing Assistant students to be honored at pinning ceremony

WESTFIELD – A pinning and recognition ceremony will be held February 15th, Friday at 12:30pm in the auditorium at Westfield Technical Academy for the Allied Health senior class of 2019.  Each student successfully completed the Nurse Aide Training Program (NATP) at WTA and passed the state written and practicum exams to become Certified Nurse Assistants.

Primary Nursing Assistant Instructor Maureen Baillargeon RN,MSN and Clinical Instructors Jacqueline Barcomb LPN and Heather Potito MSN-BC, will honor students at the ceremony for their hard work and dedication to educational excellence.

Each honoree will be presented with a caduceus pin and confirm their completion of the program with a candle lighting ceremony along with recitation of the Nightingale Pledge, a traditional oath taken by new nurses.

The WTA Nursing Assistant program combines classroom theory with work-based learning opportunities to provide high school students with the skills needed to obtain the Massachusetts State Nurse Aide Certification and begin a career in the healthcare industry.

Students in the program gain practical knowledge about nursing and healthcare professions through hands-on clinical experiences in area hospitals and long-term care facilities.

WTA Allied Health CNA’s that will be honored include: Kristen Booker, Brianna Crawford, Enaidi Garcia, Cassandra Garrett, Sheilla Martinez, Mikeila, Maysonet, Katherine Ortiz, Inna Peshko, Jessica Rabtor, Jocelyn Rodriguez, and Brooke Thompson.

For information about the Nursing Assistant program at Westfield Technical Academy, contact Peter Taloumis, Director of Career and Technical Education, at 572-6533 or visit the web site at

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