Nursing majors awarded new Kaiser Nursing Scholarship
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: December 8, 2011
Media Contact:Aya Abelon, Public Affairs; (562) 653-7878
NORWALK, Calif. - December 8, 2011 - The Cerritos College Foundation presented the newly established Kaiser Nursing Scholarship to students Darlene Rodriguez and Wendy Barahona Thursday, November 17. Each recipient was awarded $1,200.
The scholarship was made possible by a grant from the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals to assist Cerritos College students who are currently enrolled in the nursing program.
Wendy Barahona, of Bellflower, has been working in the health field for many years as a certified nursing assistant on the oncology floor at Children's Hospital of Orange County. In order to advance her career, she returned to school to complete her associate degree in nursing.
Darlene Rodriguez, of Whittier, discovered her interest in nursing after her son was born premature weighing just one pound ten ounces. After spending five months in the hospital with him, she became close with the nurses and began exploring the idea of becoming a nurse herself.
"There's no doubt that these dedicated students will be a tremendous asset to the health care industry," said Steve Richardson, executive director of the Cerritos College Foundation. "We appreciate the Kaiser Foundation Hospitals for funding this scholarship to assist our nursing students."
The Cerritos College Foundation, a non-profit organization, serves as a charitable vehicle for the community, individuals and alumni, to assist with financial support of Cerritos College. Visit the Foundation online at www.cerritos.edu/ccf.
Cerritos College serves as a comprehensive community college for southeastern Los Angeles County. Communities within the college's district include Artesia, Bellflower, Cerritos, Downey, Hawaiian Gardens, LaMirada, Norwalk, and portions of Bell Gardens, Lakewood, Long Beach, Santa Fe Springs and South Gate. Cerritos College offers degrees and certificates in more than 180 areas of study in nine divisions.Annually, more than 1,200 students successfully complete their course of studies, and enrollment currently averages 23,000 students. Visit Cerritos College online at http://www.cerritos.edu/.