As a nursing shortage continues to plague our country, several LPN's are one step closer getting out into the workforce.
Albany Technical College held their capping and pinning ceremony Wednesday, recognizing those who will be making a living caring for others.
It's an emotional day for Cassandra McMiller. Not only is she receiving a pin, marking the start of her career as a Licensed Practical Nurse, she's doing it 11 years after starting the program.
McMiller says she had to overcome several obstacles to get to this point.
"It's very emotional because, like I said it took a lot for me to get here. I had to put a lot of things on hold, had to sacrifice a lot. But I stepped out on faith, I trust God, along with family and friends," said Cassandra McMiller, Practical Nursing Student.
Dozens of students in the Albany Tech health care technology division were recognized during the capping and pinning ceremony.
For some it meant the halfway point, but for others, like McMiller, it meant leaving school and entering the workforce.
"I want to be able to help people, show them love. Because when you're down, that's when love moves the most," said Linda Hill, Practical Nursing Student.
And those entering the workforce are eager to begin, especially as a nursing shortage continues to plague our country.
"There is a nursing shortage across the nation really. Not only is it specific to Georgia, but there's a shortage everywhere for nurses," said Kortney Wilson, Practical Nursing Dept. Chair.
But at Albany Tech, there's no shortage of those who want to help and dedicate their lives caring for others.
Those students who received pins today will be officially graduating next week.