Photo Caption: Amanda Warner of Malone stands with her father, Cory Warner, after receiving her AA Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities & Social Science degree in December from North Country Community College.
SARANAC LAKE – North Country Community College celebrated the accomplishments of its December graduates with events last month at its campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga.
Nearly 40 students graduated in December, instead of at the traditional commencement in May, because they either accumulated enough credits to graduate early or stayed an additional semester to complete their degree requirements. Some plan to continue their education; others are starting their career path.
Erin DeVries of Burlington Flats, south of Utica, is leaving North Country with a Health Science degree. She plans to pursue a career in medical imaging or as a midwife.
“I’m very excited,” she said. “I came here as a freshman and started in the Radiologic Technology program then I shifted over to Health Sciences. I came in with 12 credits for Health Sciences, which gave me a great head start. It’s been amazing here.”
Another Health Science graduate, Jaclyn Latourelle of Saranac Lake, has only been at the college for two semesters because she picked up most of her credits in high school. She’s not leaving North Country yet, though.
“I’m in the nursing program so I’m graduating in May with a certificate in practical nursing,” said Latourelle, who plans to continue her education and become a registered nurse. “It’s been a great experience at North Country. I really like it here.”
Malone native Amanda Warner, graduating with a degree in Liberal Arts, plans to either transfer to SUNY Plattsburgh to study Phlebotomy or enroll in the Rad Tech program at NCCC’s Saranac Lake campus. She said her fondest memories at the college are of its faculty, whom she always felt were great at advising her as a student.
Annette Hurlburt, president of the Ticonderoga campus’ Student Government Association, also achieved a Liberal Arts degree this month. Next semester she plans to dual enroll with NCCC and Empire State College and pursue a bachelor’s degree in Human Services. Hurlburt is exploring a career path in college student personnel.
“The college is excited to celebrate the hard work and accomplishments of its December graduates,” said NCCC President Dr. Steve Tyrell. “Many are moving right into the workforce and into jobs of gainful employment in their field of study, here in the region and beyond. Others are now prepared to continue their educational journey at a four-year institution. We congratulate these graduates on their achievement at the college and wish them continued success as they begin the next chapter in their lives.”
Jaclyn Latourelle of Saranac Lake, flanked by her parents JoAnn and Alan Latourelle, earned a Health Science degree from North Country Community College in December.
The following is a complete list of NCCC December graduates and their hometowns.
AA Liberal Arts & Sciences: Humanities & Social Science
Miranda P. David, Akwasasne
Annette Hurlburt, Ticonderoga
John P. Jarvis, Malone
Samantha M. Lobdell, Burke
Jasmine V. Phillip, Lake Placid
Michael E. Sandvig, Burke
Elhonna J. Serrano, Malone
MacKenzie M. Sharpe, Massena
Ruth A. Smoke, Hogansburg
Amanda M. Warner, Malone
Alexa Whitney, Lake Placid
AAS Business Administration
Brianna M. Walker, Saranac Lake
AAS Chemical Dependency Counseling
Lee Ann King, Burke
Lauralee C. Thompson, Akwesasne
AAS Computer Graphics and Design
Jonathan S. McCullouch, Tupper Lake
Dylan B. Schrader, Saranac Lake
Laura A. Stanton, Lake Placid
AAS Criminal Justice
Payton J. Barney, Saranac Lake
Elizabeth M. Brooks, Chateaugay
Danielle E. Charland, Chateaugay
Dennis L. LeClair, Ticonderoga
Natasha E. Nelson, Malone
AAS Human Services
Holly L. Hodge, Malone
Nichole M. Thompson-Black, Winthrop
Katherine J. Hurteau, North Bangor
AAS Individual Studies
Keely S. Tavernia, Malone
Maureen P. Moore, Ticonderoga
AS Business Administration
Carly S. Taylor, Brushton
Shawn T. Williamson, Malone
AS Health Sciences
Erin E. DeVries, Burlington Flats
Jaclyn A. Latourelle, Saranac Lake
Ruth A. Smoke, Hogansburg
Sierra R. Terrell, Champlain
AS Liberal Arts & Sciences: Math & Science
Carlos J. Rodriguez, Malone
AS Sports & Events Management
Wayne D. Cowan, Saranac Lake
AS Wilderness Recreation Leadership
Jadeen Chisholm, Darwin, NT Australia
Patrick M. Kelly, Jordan
Cert. Office Technology
Jasmine S. David, Hogansburg
About North Country Community College: As the only public college located in the Adirondack Park, North Country Community College provides educational, cultural and recreational programming to a 3,500 square mile service area with a population of 90,000. The college maintains three campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga, New York; an extensive high school-based academic partnership; and online course offerings. North Country Community College is part of the SUNY (State University of New York) system. With 64 unique colleges and universities, SUNY provides learning environments for every type of student, every stage of life, and every kind of passion. For more information, visit www.nccc.edu.