Holmes student goes straight from HSE to nursing graduate
Kosciusko native Tiffany Sisney graduated from the Holmes Community College Practical
Nursing program on June 25; an accomplishment she never dreamed she'd achieve. Although
this year's pinning ceremony looked a little different thanks to COVID-19, it was
still just as special for this proud graduate.
"I dropped out of high school in 10th grade, at 15, when I got pregnant with my first
child, Alice," Sisney said. "I got married at 16 and became a stay-at-home mom, having
my second child, Jakobi, when I was 19. I had grown to regret dropping out, but I
didn't believe going back to school was an option for me."
It was then that Sisney decided she was going to get her High School Equivalency (HSE) ,
so she enrolled in the Adult Education program at the Holmes Attala Center. "I achieved my GED fairly quickly, and Mr. Tommy Trussell and Mrs. Earline Smith,
along with my husband and family, pushed me to go further," Sisney said. "I applied
for the Practical Nursing program at Holmes, got a 25 on the ACT and was accepted
into the program! I never expected to make it that far; I never thought it was something
I could achieve."
The Practical Nursing program prepares students to assist in providing general nursing
care under the direction of a registered nurse, licensed physician or dentist. Intensive
preparation for the NCLEX-PN Exam and transitioning from student to employee is provided
in the program.
"This program has been full of ups and downs, especially once we transitioned to online
learning due to COVID-19, but I've made it and I'm proud," Sisney said. "None of this
would have been possible for me without the Holmes Adult Education program, along
with the Holmes staff, helping me earn my GED. I also wouldn't have made it through
without the wonderful nursing staff at the Attala Center; Dr. Blair, Mrs. Caldwell
and Mrs. Lindsay have all been amazing instructors and super helpful. I want to thank
everyone who supported me through this journey."
Sisney and her husband Jonathan, along with their two children, Alice (7) and Jakobi
(3), reside in Kosciusko. As she seeks employment as a nurse, she is also considering
taking her prerequisites to apply for the Associate Degree Nursing (ADN) program.
"I'm so proud of Tiffany," said Holmes' PN Department Chair Dr. Christi Blair. "She
is the perfect example of how someone can achieve their dreams through hard work and
For more information about the Holmes High School Equivalency program, contact Smith
at firstname.lastname@example.org or (662) 472-9105. For more information about the Holmes Practical Nursing program, contact Dr. Christi
Blair at email@example.com or (662) 472-9173.