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Practical Nurse Class Pinning Held

The Dakota Nursing program at Dakota College at Bottineau pinned Practical Nurse graduates from the Bottineau (5), Valley City (8) and Minot (22) programs last week. Dakota College at Bottineau’s practicum is a member of the Dakota Nursing Program, a consortium of community college nursing departments which work together to offer a common curriculum for a Practical Nursing Certificate and an Associate in Applied Science in Nursing.  

The program works to meet North Dakota’s growing need for nurses by providing these degree programs on the campuses of four two-year colleges and numerous satellite sites across the state. This summer’s Dakota College at Bottineau graduates are:

Bottineau Campus

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  • Morgan Reiser, Turtle Lake
  • Bria Kornkven, Bottineau
  • Georgina Eidmann, Rugby
  • Lillian Fletcher, Gadsen Alabama
  • Katie Davis, Rolla



Valley City Campus

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Front row, left to right:

  • Halee Frey, Jamestown
  • Kayla Rotondi, Ellendale
  • Josie Rudolph, Jamestown
  • Becca Dickson, Gilby

Back row, left to right:

  • Misty Miller, Jamestown
  • Gracie Neufeld, Valley City
  • Mackenzie Clark, Jamestown
  • Angela Larson, Valley City


Minot Campus

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Front row, left to right:

  • Le'Shai Annavarapu, Houston, TX
  • Katie Medina, Blaine, MN
  • Kaska Weidman, Parshall
  • Lindsay Baker, Garrison
  • Justin White, East Point, GA
  • Madison Kramer, Leslie, MI
  • Madison Stephens, Minot

Middle row, left to right:

  • Payton Smith, Minot
  • ShayLynn Jacob, Minot
  • Kaitlynn Lyons-Wikstrom, Vicksburg, MS
  • Keshia Egeberg, Hazen


Back row, left to right:

  • Irmalinda Duran, Minot
  • Rejoice Banaman, Ghana
  • Sulema Diaz, Ogden, UT
  • Michelle Hewitt, San Francisco, CA
  • Monica Taylor, Flatwoods, KY
  • Racia Toben, Burlington
  • Jill Erickson, Minot
  • Vidonia Silva, Tracy, CA

Not Pictured:

  • Emily Hunt, Burlington, ND
  • Agatha Thomas, Nigeria
  • Tiffany Yetter, Minot


The program collaborates with medical centers across the state of ND where students gain practical experience. The nursing program has proven successful, as graduates consistently score higher than the national average on exit exams. Students will be taking their National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) exam to become licensed to begin their career as a Licensed Practical Nurse.