Pictured left to right: Platt College's first graduation ceremony held in 1987, beside a recent picture from nurses week that shows how in 30 years the College has most certainly grown.
When I officially became President of Platt College on June 6, 1986, a gallon of gasoline cost $.89, the average price for a new automobile was $9,250,and the norm American yearly income was $22,450. Today, a lot has changed in the economy and in the world, but one constant has remained--the quality undergraduate education that students receive at Platt College.
Many educational milestones have been set and reached since our initial enrollment in 1986. Besides celebrating 30 years as a College, this year also marks the 10th year anniversary for our nursing program, a prelicensure Bachelor of Science program that was awarded renewal of accreditation for a period of 8 years through the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing (ACEN) in April of 2016. Likewise, the College was awarded the School of Excellence award from its previous accreditation cycle with the Accrediting Commission of Career Schools and Colleges (ACCSC) and anticipates another successful renewal in 2017.
During Platt College’s 30th anniversary celebration, we reflect on our past, never resting on our laurels, but instead compelling our students to think beyond the textbook and challenge the basic assumptions of our culture. Students come to Platt College for many reasons, but our size and our people are key. Platt’s small, seminar-style classes provide individual attention in a powerful learning environment. Our faculty members are recognized leaders in their fields. They are managers, credentialed nurses, researchers, published writers, and accomplished scholars. Each brings practical, tested experience to the classroom.
I am sincerely grateful for the collaboration and dedication of our Board of Directors, administrators, faculty, staff, program advisory committee members, and entire College community.
William Butler Yeats once said, ”Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” As we embark in our next 30 years of excellence at Platt College, we know the fire of learning will continue, and many new sparks of ideas will begin. The future of Platt College is bright! The best is yet to come.
-Jerald B. Sirbu, President/CEO
Pictured third on the right is Dr. Jama Goers jumping high on the sandy beaches of South Carolina in celebration of her doctoral graduation. Goers, a Platt College graduate, and an employee of Platt College who serves as Simulation Lab Coordinator and Associate Dean, officially graduated with her PhD in nursing on Friday, May 20 at the Medical University of South Carolina. Her research focus is exploring current practices of clinicians in the intensive care unit to identify management strategies, facilitators, and barriers of managing delirium.
Nursing students from the School of Nursing at Platt College take the Nightingale Pledge at their recent graduation/pinning ceremony at a hotel near Denver.
The Nightingale Pledge was once taken by all new professional nurses upon first entering the nursing profession. It was named after the famous nursing pioneer Florence Nightingale, who was a championed English nurse. Nightingale laid the foundations of modern nursing with her nursing school at St. Thomas’ Hospital in London (now part of King’s College in London).
Perhaps you have thought about becoming a nurse, but you thought the timing wasn't right...or you thought maybe next year...well-there is no better time to begin exploring your options at Platt College.
Platt College is a college dedicated to the field of professional nursing. Whether this is your second degree or first time in college, we are sure that Platt College has something to offer you. The School of Nursing at Platt College offers a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSN) in just 36 months.