Clark College graduation Inspired to help

first_img78th Clark College commencement• Largest class in history, with 2,100 degrees and certificates.o About 750 graduates participated in the commencement.Top five degrees/certificates at Clark College in 2013-14 Associate in Arts: 522. Associate in Applied Nursing WSU Vancouver: 41. Associate in Applied Science Nursing: 86. Associate in Applied Science Medical Assistant: 28. Associate in Applied Business Administration: 66. Award recipientsExceptional Faculty Awardso Sarah Theberge, Early Childhood Education.o Jim Wilkins-Luton, Developmental Education/English.o Kelly Fielding, Psychology (adjunct).o Chris Martin, Computer Technology (adjunct).Exceptional Classified Staffo Jennifer Wheeler, Information Technology Services.o Joe Jenkins, Academic Advisor.Community College President’s Awardo Natasha Hambrook.In 2007, Turi Sado fled his homeland of Ethiopia and experienced a defining moment in a Kenyan refugee camp. He realized he wanted to become a nurse.“I witnessed a lot of people dying from simple things,” Sado said. “Women dying in pregnancy. Babies dying. That is what inspired me.”From that moment in a refugee camp, hope was born.Wearing a royal blue cap and gown, Sado, 38, stood among a sea of 750 other Clark College graduates Thursday night standing in line outside the Sleep Country Amphitheater waiting to walk into the college’s 78th commencement and receive their degrees.Sado crossed the stage and received his associate degree in applied nursing. In August, he will transfer to WSU Vancouver, where he plans to earn his bachelor’s degree in nursing. While he completes his education, he will continue working part time as a certified nursing assistant and medication assistant to reach his goal of become a traveling nurse.He said he has the opportunity to improve his family’s life and to make a difference in the lives of others.Although his father is still in Ethiopia, the rest of Sado’s family has emigrated to the U.S.Sado is mapping a hopeful future here with his own family, his girlfriend Temima Abda and their two children, ages 3 and 5.Nursing programs are among the most popular at Clark College.“There’s always work,” said Doug Hiivala, 28, who left the construction field to earn his nursing degree. “It sounded like the best bang for your buck.”last_img