Monday, February 8, 2010

262 Nurses and Health Care Workers Ready To Serve Inland Empire

2009 graduates were all smiles after completing nursing and other health care programs at Four-D College, preparing themselves for great careers. On  Feb. 19, 2010, 262 more Four-D students will be ready to begin their careers, after becoming graduates during the Winter 2010 ceremony at Ontario  Convention Center. Photo courtesy of Four-D College

(COLTON, Calif.) –  Four-D will award 262 degrees in vocational nursing and certifications for other health care programs who will be participating in the Winter Graduation Ceremony.

The college will recognize these graduates 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 19 at the Ontario Convention Center. Alumni from both the Colton and Victorville campuses will participate in this voluntary graduation ceremony.

“Our goal is the overall success of our students,” said President Linda Smith. “I believe all things are possible with God, and at Four-D College we always try to demonstrate that. We join with these alumni in celebrating the realization of their goal, graduation from Four-D College.”

The ceremony gives special recognition to 47 honors students who achieved grade point averages of 3.8 to 4.0, and 17 who had perfect attendance throughout their education at Four-D College.

Among the graduates are 94 alumni who have completed an associate degree in vocational nursing, 65 who completed their education in medical assistant, eight who completed their education in dental assistant, 44 who completed their education in medical billing/coding, 44 who completed their education in pharmacy technician, and seven who completed their education in massage therapy.

Guest speaker for the graduation is U.S. Army (Reserve) Capt. Kimberly R. Anthony, who is a registered nurse for the Mental Health Department of Patton State Hospital in Pomona, and the president of the Inland Empire Black Nurses Association, Inc.  

The new graduates’ relationship with Four-D College won’t end on Graduation Day, Smith pointed out. The next step is for the college’s placement office to help them find jobs, as it has previously done with 75 to 100 percent of the graduates, depending on which major they completed.

“Our dedicated placement staff will help them enter into employment by working with them until they find a job in the field for which they are trained,” Smith said.  “And if for some reason they need to find another job in the future, the placement staff will help them find that job too. As long as our students need this help, we are here for them.”

The placement staff maintains a database of employers and passes leads onto the new Four-D College graduates. It also helps them write resumes and prepare for job interviews.

Some of those interviews take place on campus, during the job fairs held on campus several times each year. These job fairs are open to the public as well, Smith said.

Four-D College provides education in the growing health care field at locations in Colton and Victorville. It offers an associate degree in vocational nursing and certifications in medical assistant, medical billing and coding, dental assistant, massage therapy and pharmacy technician.

New courses begin monthly at Four-D College and courses are available in the morning, afternoon and evening to meet the needs of working students. Call (909) 783-9331 or in the High Desert call (760) 962-1325 for more information, or go to