Classes open at Ohio University Southern
IRONTON -- Nursing degrees run in Breanna Pemberton's family, and she took her first step toward a nursing degree Monday as classes opened at Ohio University Southern and the Proctorville Center.
She was among a number of incoming freshmen roaming the hallways at Ohio University Southern looking for their classrooms and meeting professors and instructors.
"I'm excited to get started," said Pemberton, a Willow Wood area resident and Symmes Valley High School graduate. "I'm looking to get my degree and get a job. I love it here. My mom (Melissa Pemberton) is a nurse at the VA in Huntington. My brother also is working on getting a two-year degree in nursing."
Official numbers won't be available for several weeks, but Nicole Pennington, Southern campus dean, expects about 2,000 students to take classes during the fall semester. The campus had a pop-up tent where students could go for help in finding classrooms. Faculty and staff are taking turns welcoming students and helping them find their classrooms, said Matt Ward.
"It's been smooth so far," Ward said. "We'll be out here tomorrow as well."
While James Matney of South Point was an incoming freshman, it wasn't his first time at the Ironton campus. "I took two years here taking post-secondary options courses," said Matney, who is seeking a degree in middle childhood education. He's hoping to get a four-year degree in three years thanks in part to those college classes he took while in high school.
Morgan Lee of Raceland, Ky., is among those who'll be spending a lot of time in the coming weeks at the Southern campus. Lee is working on a degree in early childhood education and also has a part-time job at the campus.
"It's definitely different than high school," she said. "I'm just excited to get started."
Laura Cooper of Ironton is a college senior getting back into the swing of classes on Monday. "I've been working on my degree for several years," she said. Cooper is working on a degree in communications.
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