Front row: Candyce Clark, Sarah Simms, Cindy Tyler, Kellie Warren, Candice Weaver, Alex White, Sherry Wrinkles, Rosalyn Lawson. Back row: Jessica Marrus-Baker, Lisa McElwee, Madonna Ostrander-Martin, Krystle Cato-Scott, Claude Wyatt, Fanneka Dupree, Haley Holmes, Heather Lary, Krista Matthews

MINDEN, Louisiana, May 13,2014—An historic milestone was achieved as Northwest Louisiana Technical College’s (NWLTC) Minden Campus marked the graduation of the 50th practical nursing class. Seventeen graduates (pictured) were recognized at the pinning ceremony Tuesday evening. To date, 1114 students have graduated from the practical nursing program supplying area hospitals, nursing homes, and doctor’s offices with much-needed licensed practical nurses (LPNs).


Due to high demand for LPNs, the practical nursing program was established in October of 1977, quickly becoming a popular program, as it remains to this day. Initially, one class was admitted, and graduated, before another could start. By 2006, the program gradually expanded to four classes, permitting two classes to graduate each year.

“We are extremely proud of our graduates, and many health care facilities call to request assistance in locating one of our LPNs to fill a position on staff,” states Cathy Maddry, Assistant Dean. “We are truly honored with a good reputation for quality LPNs, and our dedicated students and staff strive to maintain that level of quality.”


Minden Medical Center’s Chief Executive Officer, George French III, endorses the quality of the Minden Campus program. “We have hired countless graduates from NWLTC and have always been delighted with the skills developed by the Minden program.”For more information on the practical nursing program at NWLTC, please visit their beautiful new campus at 9500 Industrial Drive or contact Cathy Maddry at (318) 371-3035 or


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. NWLTC was recently recognized by the Aspen Institute as one of the nation’s top two-year colleges. For more information about NWLTC and its programs, visit or contact Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr. at:


Dr. Rick Bateman, Jr., Ph.D.
Interim Director, NWLTC