CCIU Practical Nursing program celebrates 128th graduating class

On March 9, 2023, students in the CCIU Practical Nursing Program, located in Downingtown, became the 128th class to graduate from this program.
Front 1 left to right: Markasia Taltoan (Salutatorian), Lauren Hobbs (Class President), Alliyah Thomas, Joe Quiah, Tyeisha Blackson, Tasha Depte, Lynette Rosado-Medina.
Row 2 left to right: Beth Linnenbaugh, Amirah Henson-McLaughlin, Christina Watts, Fannie Bangura, Dedra Hoggard, Jerusha Davis-Davenport, Danielle Brown, Cynthia Kinney (Valedictorian), Shanae Hoggard, Lisa Hotchkiss.
Row 3 left to right: Leslie Waltz (PNP Instructor), Julia Frevert (PNP Coordinator), Lauren Unrue (PNP Instructor), Beth Ann Puckett (PNP Director), Leslie James (PNP Administrative Assistant), Maria Shultz (PNP Administrative Assistant).

Friends and family recently gathered together to celebrate the graduation of 15 practical nursing students from the Chester County Intermediate Unit (CCIU) Practical Nursing Program (PNP), who are now eligible to take the NCLEX exam to become Licensed Practical Nurses (LPNs). These graduates represent the 128th class to graduate from the CCIU’s Practical Nursing Program.

The ceremony began with Dr. Joseph Fullerton, director of Career, Technical and Customized Education, welcoming and congratulating the graduates on their achievements. Beth Ann Puckett, director of the CCIU PNP, presented the graduates, which included cohort valedictorian Cynthia Kinney and salutatorian Markasia Taltoan. 

Downingtown’s class president, Lauren Hobbs, led the class in the Practical Nursing Pledge and then introduced guest speaker Talonda Rogers, MSN (2008 CCIU PNP graduate and current program instructor). Rogers is an accomplished nurse, business owner, maternal health advocate and author. She offered her congratulations and encouragement to the graduates. Following Roger’s remarks, the ceremony continued with the announcement of the students who achieved  acceptance into the National Association of Licensed Practical Nurses, Inc. Honor Society.

In addition to the TCHS Brandywine Campus in Downingtown, the CCIU PNP also has cohorts at the TCHS Pennock’s Bridge Campus in West Grove and the TCHS Pickering Campus in Phoenixville.  

Applications are currently being accepted for upcoming cohorts, which will begin in August 2023 and November 2023. To learn more about the CCIU PNP or to apply, visit

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