SHERIDAN — As part of the Sheridan College nursing program’s capstone experience, two nursing students spent time prior to graduation this spring experiencing new health care settings throughout the state.

Each year, fourth-semester students are paired with practicing nurses to strengthen their skills and knowledge to prepare for practice. When the students return to Sheridan, they also share what they learned with their classmates in a post-clinical discussion.

This year, Katie Connell spent a week at the Cheyenne Regional Medical Center, while Monica Williams did the same at Casper’s Wyoming Medical Center. Both graduated from Sheridan College on Saturday with Associate of Applied Science degrees in nursing and are working toward bachelor’s degrees in nursing from the University of Wyoming.

The Whitney Benefits foundation provides the annual funding for the students to seek these experiences.

“Historically, the legacy of Edward A. Whitney has been to provide opportunities for higher education,” said Robert Prusak, Whitney Board of Directors member. “Through the help of Whitney Benefits and the stewardship of Sheridan College, these nursing students are benefiting through enhanced experiences and passing on their legacy to the nursing profession.”

Marlene Ethier, Whitney endowed nursing chair at Sheridan College said it’s a rich experience.

“They get to work with a whole new professional team in a new environment and be exposed to other techniques and practices,” Ethier said. “The experience benefits both the participating students, as well as their peers. Without Whitney’s support, the Sheridan College nursing students would not have this opportunity.”