Nursing Graduate Perseveres to Achieve Career Goal

SHREVEPORT, Louisiana, April 13, 2014Northwest Louisiana Technical College’s Shreveport campus had 91 graduates complete degree, diploma and certificate programs last fall. Among those graduates was Laquisha Hinton and she completed the Practical Nursing program with the highest grade point average in her class. But the real story is the journey Hinton travelled to get to graduation.

Hinton enrolled in Northwest LTC Shreveport’s Practical Nursing program in 2010. However, shortly after starting the program she learned that she would be having her first child. This first child turned to news of twins and her doctor informed her that she would need to put her studies on hold. “It was a very difficult decision; in fact, it was heartbreaking,” said Hinton. However, she never lost sight of her goals and with the tremendous support of her mother and her husband, Hinton returned to the nursing program in 2013.

According to Ruby Brown, Nursing Program Coordinator, “Mrs. Hinton was an exceptional student who performed at the highest level in the classroom and clinical sites. Despite energetic twins at home, she reached her goal of becoming a nursing professional.” “The phrase ‘persistence pays’ is appropriate in many situations in life,” stated David Rhodes, Interim Campus Dean. “Mrs. Hinton’s persistence is a great example for future Northwest LTC nursing students to be diligent in pursuing and achieving their career goals.

Founded in 1936, Northwest Louisiana Technical College is a member of the Louisiana Community and Technical College System. The main campus is located in Minden and other campuses operate in Mansfield, Many, Natchitoches, and Shreveport. Northwest LTC was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges. For more information about Northwest LTC and its programs, visit or contact Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. at:



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Photo: Laquisha Hinton with her twins, Kira and Jaylen, and her mother, Betheda Hampton