VC’s Vocational Nursing Program graduates 71 students

Cuero VN Graduates Victoria College Vocational Nursing Instructor Patrick Thiry celebrates with his students after the Vocational Nursing Program’s Pinning Ceremony on May 11 at VC’s Emerging Technology Complex.

Amber Lariviere wasn’t worried that her mother, Tracey Vogel, would cramp her style by attending nursing school with her.

“If anything, I probably cramped her style,” Lariviere said.

Vogel and Lariviere were two of 71 students from Victoria College’s four Vocational Nursing Program locations honored on May 11 with a pinning ceremony at VC’s Emerging Technology Complex.

The mother and daughter, who both live in Hallettsville, graduated from Victoria College’s Zelda L. Allen School of Nursing in Hallettsville.

“It was great being study buddies and having someone I could get advice from,” the 22-year-old Lariviere said. “We would quiz each other before tests. It was really fun.”

Vogel, 50, didn’t decide to become a nurse until six months before classes started.

“Amber was already planning to be a nurse, so I just asked her, ‘Why don’t we do this together?’ ” Vogel said. “She said, ‘Sure, let’s do it.’ It was then pretty fast and furious after that.”

Vogel said taking the VN Program helped her get closer to her daughter.

“It was amazing,” Vogel said. “We are very close anyway, but I got to see her as a classmate and someone who is independent. I got to see her in a totally different light.”

Sarah Green of Victoria College’s Gonzales Center was recognized for having the highest GPA among the 71 students.

Other graduates from VC’s Gonzales Center location were Lynn Benton, LaShae Brown, Jessica Falks, Adriana Gloria, Barbara Hlavac, Kristin King-Klaus, Autumn Kovar, Jennifer Leming, Monesha McKnight, Chukwuemeka Ogbodo, Erica Brooke Olivarez, Kali Reed, Mercedes Rodriguez, Clementine Ryan, Xiomara Santiago, Maria Skerritt and Melissa Marie Stevens.

Other graduates from the Zelda L. Allen School of Nursing in Hallettsville were Lauralee Campbell-Edmonds, Leighann Castillo, Angela Henry, Joycelyn Johnson, Kerry Karl, Mariah Palmquist, Maria Sanchez and Erin Wagner.

Graduates from VC’s Cuero location were Lindy Blevins, Barbara Gillum, Morgan Herwig, Alyssa Hudson, Colette Liendo, Katy Macias, Amy McCord, Tierney McKaine, Stephanie Munoz, Jiobain Pargmann and Jacqleen Torres.

Graduates from Victoria College’s Main Campus were Lacey Bengs, Ashley Carisalez, Kendra Castaneda, Karen Cruz, Brianna Dybala, Jaclyn Escobar, Jeanette Escobar, Jessica Ferrell, Chelsey Fipps, Amanda Garcia, Danerrika George, Aubrey Holt, Delcie Jackson, Pauline Kariuki, Samantha Lopez, Raymundo Macias, Rebecca Mahan, Felicia Martinez, Victoria Mesa, Curmesha Moore, Lacursha Moore, Haley Morales, Shalynn Owens, Brooke Plummer, Emilie Ramirez, Sarah Stoneking, Maria Torres, Gabriel Valdez, Princess Warner, Shannon Werth, Jacqueline Yutiambo and Brenda Zuniga.

Victoria College’s Vocational Nursing Program is a 12-month certificate program offered on VC’s Main Campus and in Cuero, Gonzales and Hallettsville. The VN Program is fully approved by the Texas Board of Nursing.

Successful completion of the program enables students to take the National Licensure Exam for Practical Nurses (NCLEX-PN). Satisfactory achievement on the exam qualifies students for licensure as a vocational nurse.

For more information on VC’s Vocational Nursing Program, call (361) 582-2545 or visit