CHIPLEY - There was a standing-room-only crowd in the Washington County Ag Center on Hwy 90 in Chipley Tuesday, February 6, as Florida Panhandle Technical College showcased the most recent graduates from the Practical Nursing Program.

Washington County Superintendent of Schools Joe Taylor awarded diplomas, along with a handshake and words of encouragement to the graduates, expressing is his remarks the sense of pride and accomplishment which accompanies a well-paid job.

"The entire community is looking at you today," said Taylor. "We are all proud of you and wish you well in your careers."

One of more than 35 degree and certification programs offered at the college, the graduates were accompanied by friends, family and their instructors.

"You should be very, very happy today," shouted Nursing Program Director Shirley Morris to the crowded audience, "because these bright young ladies are now going to get a job!"

"We are so very proud of the accomplishments of this group of students," echoed FPTC Director Martha Compton, "and there is another class right behind this one, for whom we will be applauding in just another few months. We are successfully putting people into our workforce every day here at Florida Panhandle Technical College and we are proud to say so."

The next LPN classes will begin in August. Those interested in this program are urged to start planning to enroll now.

Financial aid is available for many of the programs at FPTC. For more information, stop by Student Services on Hoyt Street, visit online at www.fptc.edu or call Student Services at 850-638-1180 ext. 317.

Graduating in this class were: Bay County - Jessica Tate and Hannah Welch; Calhoun County - Cynthia Hathaway and Maura Shiver; Holmes County - Brandy Hires; Jackson County - Danielle Brown, Taylor Green, Madalien Joyner, Brandi Walden, and Rebecca Williams; Liberty County - Brittany Flowers and Ashley Hereld and Washington County - Kaitlyn Barnes, Ashley Cruce, Victoria Syfrett, and Taylor Perryman.