REDDING, Calif. - As thousands in the North State prepare to graduate this spring, one group is making history.
For the first time, Simpson University is sending 20 certified nurses into the job market.
Thursday night marked their pinning ceremony, which is an age old tradition that identifies the students as new members of the health-care community.
Dean of the Nursing Program, Jan Dinkel said, "It is the defining, historic moment for this first class of nursing graduates."
Dinkel says the four-year bachelor of science program is growing fast with more than 80 students this semester and 90 expected next spring.
Several students have already been hired, including Oley Manivong, who'll work at Shasta Regional Medical Center.
Hossana Terrado comes from Hawaii and plans to use her skills in the armed forces. Terrado said, "I'll jump into the military, either Air Force or Army, one or the other. Where ever God leads me."
The Chief Nursing Executive at Mercy Medical Center, Kim Shaw told us they are extremely impressed with this graduating class, and they have already hired a few of the nurses.
Shaw says they've received more than 700 applications for just 20 positions.
Simpson University graduation ceremonies are scheduled for this Saturday.