Tri County Tech students Jennifer Young and Kourtnee Stevens were named Students of the Month for December by the Downtown Kiwanis Club.
Young of Nowata, is enrolled in the Licensed Practical Nursing program at TCT and will graduate in May 2022.
“My favorite parts of the LPN program are the teachers and the skills,” said Young. “And then, being able to practice those skills we are learning with my classmates with our instructors being on hand.”
Young said the increasing need for nurses led her to Tri County Tech.
“There is a need for nurses,” she said. “I also believe nursing is a calling, and I think I have been called to be one. I love taking care of people.”
In addition to being a member of the LPN program, Young is a member of HOSA and serves as Historian for her chapter, is the LPN class representative, and participated in Day of Caring. Young also enjoys reading books and spending time with her family, friends and pets.
“Jennifer is very respectful to instructors, does great work, and has shown great honesty and integrity throughout our program,” said Melissa Lovrich, TCT Practical Nursing Instructor. “She is supportive and kind to her peers, and has shown to be competent and successful as a TCT nursing student.”
Upon graduation, Young said she would like to stay in Bartlesville and work as an LPN. Eventually, she would like to go back to school to become a Registered Nurse.
Stevens, a Dewey High School senior, is enrolled in the Medicine and Biosciences program and will graduate from TCT in May 2022.
Stevens said that Medicine and Biosciences was an easy choice because it will give her a head start on her career.
“My favorite part of the Medicine and Biosciences program is getting to work on the hands-on activities,” Stevens said. “It is really cool that we are able to work with all the things we do in our labs.”
Stevens remains active in her school and community. She is the vice president of HOSA at TCT and is a member of NHS, GATE and Student Council at her high school. She also volunteers her time through her church and high school as well.
“Kourtnee has worked very hard, showing her grit since the beginning of the year,” said Casey Woods, TCT Medicine and Biosciences Instructor. “She handles challenges very well and takes initiative to work outside of class if she requires clarification. She has a great attitude and helps push my classes along.”
Upon graduation, Stevens will attend Tulsa University with plans to become a nurse practitioner.
This article originally appeared on Bartlesville Examiner-Enterprise: Young, Stevens named Kiwanis Students of the Month