Pinning and Awards Ceremony Held for Respiratory Therapy Students

RT Class of 2019

Top left to right – Graham Carter (Concord), Joel Kunnakkattu (Charlotte), Brandon McNaught (Locust), Taylor Ferree (Stanfield),
Brooke Lambert (Mount Pleasant), and Brittany Beachum (Albemarle).

Bottom left to right – Tamelia “Mimi” Morris (Charlotte), Carl Johnson (Kannapolis), Kwame Adusei-Mensah (Charlotte), Lisa Culp (Mount Gilead), Shannon Mays (Salisbury), Ashlyn Isenhour (Faculty Instructor), Tina Harper (Program Director), and Amy Witschey (Director of Clinical Education).

Eleven Stanly Community College students graduated on Thursday, May 9, 2019, with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Respiratory Therapy. Each student has a job offer in area hospitals contingent upon earning the Registered Respiratory Therapist (RRT) credential by successfully completing their board exams administered by the National Board for Respiratory Care (NBRC). “I am confident that each student will sail through their board exams,” said Tina Harper, Director for the program. “Our pass rate since 2015 is more than 98%.”

Students will be working in area hospitals such as Atrium Health Cabarrus, Levine Children’s Hospital, Novant Health Presbyterian Medical Center and Atrium Health Stanly, just to name a few.

Students celebrated with their families, faculty members, Board of Trustee Members and members of the Executive Leadership Team on Saturday evening, May 4, 2019, at Bethel Baptist Church in Locust, by hosting a pinning and awards ceremony for the graduates. Students bestowed “superlatives” upon their classmates and instructors (“Most Likely to Become a Manager”, “Best Facial Expressions”, etc.).

Guest speaker was Jamie Causey, who graduated from the program in 2010, and is now a supervisor at Levine Children’s Hospital. Faculty awarded Student of the Year to Brandon McNaught, who was a Stanly Early College graduate, and awarded the Emily Carter Spirit of Humanity Award to Brooke Lambert.

For more information about the Respiratory Therapy program at Stanly Community College, please contact Melanie Alexander at (704) 991-0166 or