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ITT Tech hosts summer commencement

Jun. 29, 2013 @ 11:00 PM

HUNTINGTON -- As she approached her 30th birthday, Tiffany Falls said she was ready for a change of pace.

"I was just tired of working where I was," said Falls, who moved from Easton, Texas, to Huntington a few years ago. "I felt like I wasn't really doing anything with my life, and I felt like if I was going to do something, I needed to go ahead and do it."

That strong feeling turned into an associate degree in visual communications for Falls, who was one of two valedictorians to address the crowd at the ITT Technical Institute commencement ceremony Saturday afternoon at the Huntington Museum of Art.

The ceremony combined two quarters' worth of graduates, approximately 35 people, which included the school's first class of graduates from ITT's Breckinridge School of Nursing and Health Sciences, said Randal Hayes, campus director.

He said while ITT has had a campus in Huntington for a few years, the nursing school wasn't part of its initial program offering.

"This is a community in need of health care professionals, and we feel we can supply help and fulfill that need," said Hayes. "We have many programs, and we were glad to be able to establish the nursing school when the program became available."

Nathan Smith of South Point was also a valedictorian at Saturday's ceremony, and he said he was excited to start on a new career path.

"I just wanted to do a job that I liked instead of just waiting around for the next opportunity to come my way," said Smith, who graduated with a degree in network systems administration. "It wasn't easy to do, but it was worth it."

ITT Technical Institute of Huntington is located at 5183 U.S. 60, Building 1, Suite 40, in Huntington.

For more information, call 304-733-8700.

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