July 11, 2017

C.N.A.–Phlebotomy Pinning

Kishwaukee College held a traditional pinning ceremony for students who completed the Phlebotomy Technician Program for Certified Nurse Assistants (C.N.A.s) on Wednesday, June 28.

The students receiving pins were Jordyn Bergstrand, DeKalb; Cassandra Butters, Sycamore; Tanya Carraher, Kingston; Denise Gul, DeKalb; Ingrid Torres, DeKalb; and Cambria Williamson, DeKalb.

The tradition of pinning healthcare graduates originates with the nursing profession in 1860 when Florence Nightingale presented a lapel pin to her best students. Over the years, other healthcare professions have added the practice to their graduation traditions to symbolize an official initiation into the students’ chosen healthcare profession.

The Phlebotomy Technician Program for C.N.A.s was developed to allow C.N.A.s to add the Phlebotomy Tech certification to their skill set to enhance employment opportunities. Phlebotomists are skilled health care professionals who have been trained to collect, transport, handle and process blood and other specimens for laboratory analysis using venipuncture and micro collection techniques.

The class was created especially for C.N.A.s who had received their training under Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) to make the dual specialization financially accessible. Under WIOA regulations, eligible participants can only receive funding for one short-term training program. First National Bank in DeKalb provided grant funding to allow area WIOA trained C.N.A.s to enroll in the Phlebotomy Tech program free of charge.

For more information on the Phlebotomy Technician or other short-tern training programs offered at Kishwaukee College, contact Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short Term Training, at 815-825-9466 or at melissa.gallagher@kishwaukeecollege.edu.

The students are pictured with their instructor, Corie Thibeault (back row, second from left), and Melissa Gallagher, Coordinator of Short Term Training at Kishwaukee College (back row, third from left).