Porterville College

PC Psych Tech program holds graduation

Psych Tech graduating class of 2015.

Porterville College would like to congratulate the PC Psychiatric Technology Class of 2015 on their Dec. 5 graduation. The pinning ceremony took place in a packed gymnasium where family and friends crowded in to cheer on their graduates.

Congratulations to the Porterville College Psychiatric Technology Class of 2015: Robin Alvarado, Brenda Amigon, Alejandra Contreras, Ricardo Covarrubias, Jessica Enriquez, Raul Fajardo, Jennifer Hill, Alisha Johnson, Alexandra Madrigal, Guadalupe Munoz, Katy Ortega, Desiree Pedraza, Vanessa Pulido, Adrianna Rivas, Cynthia Sanchez, Lacey Sanchez, Cartay Taylor, Veronica Urtiz, Kimberly Willingham, Rachelle Workman and Esmeralda Zavala.

During the pinning ceremony special awards were given to Desiree Pedraza for Outstanding Clinical Performance and to Vanessa Pulido for Scholastic Achievement. The keynote speaker was Elizabeth Keele, RN, BSN. Class speakers were Alisha Johnson and Katy Ortega.

The Porterville College Psychiatric Technology program is a three semester (18 months) certificate program. The program is comprised of the study and proper care of the developmentally disabled and the mentally ill while incorporating basic nursing skills. The program includes classes on the college campus and clinical training at Porterville Developmental Center, local mental health hospitals and other approved facilities. The Psychiatric Technician graduate will be able to provide safe client care by determining appropriate nursing interventions to clients with psychiatric disorders and/or developmental disabilities. The care provided is characterized by consistent critical thinking and problem solving skills, clinical competence within the scope of practice, accountability, effective communication skills, respect for diverse cultures, a commitment to caring and client education.

The program is the result of dedication from not only Porterville College faculty and staff, but community partnerships as well. PC would like to extend a special thanks to the Kern Community College District, the Porterville College Child Development Center, Sierra View Medical Center, Porterville Sheltered Workshop, Lilian B. Hill Learning Center, The Hamilton House, Tulare County Mental Health, Porterville Developmental Center, New Life Residential Care Facility, Crestwood Psychiatric Health and Atascadero State Hospital.

PC Psychiatric Technology faculty include: Tim Boone, Manuela Haberkorn, Margarette Huddleston, Elizabeth Keele, Christopher Roche, Danny Sciacqua, Beverly Ward and Gayle Willis.

The next Psychiatric Technology program will start August 2017; the deadline for filing an application is Feb. 28, 2017. The application period for the Spring 2016 cohort has already passed. For more information or a list of prerequisites, call the Health Careers office at (559) 791-2321 or visit www.portervillecollege.edu/health-careers/health-careers.

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