Elyria resident 25-year-old Kevin Plas is about to graduate with his associate of applied science degree in nursing from Lorain County Community College.
“My dream was to start a career for myself helping others in any way I could,” he said. Today he is on path to achieve that dream — the same one his grandmother followed when she earned her nursing degree from LCCC more than 20 years ago.
“During my time in the nursing program I was fortunate enough to have my father as well as my grandmother (Joanne Plas) to provide a constant source of encouragement, wisdom and advice,” Plas said. Both he and his grandmother both took part in the yearly pinning ceremony at LCCC to celebrate new nursing graduates.
“My grandmother is also a graduate of the associate degree in nursing RN program. She received her degree in the early 90s. Whenever I had doubts or times I was unsure of my choices, my grandmother always had a way of explaining how beautiful of a career nursing is and the potential we have to make a difference in someone’s life. At the same time I have never met someone who has worked harder than my father and I always thought of him whenever I felt stressed or over-worked.”
Plas started his journey in 2010 to earn a criminal justice degree with a focus on digital forensics. Upon completing the EMT-B course he knew he found a passion in healthcare. “I changed routes and decided to enter the paramedic program,” Plas said. “After working as a paramedic for two years I decided to enter the EMT-P to RN bridge program.”
He chose LCCC because of the excellent staff, facilities, tuition rates and flexible courses offered online and in hybrid courses. The paramedic to RN bridge program made it possible for him to finish his education in less than two years, he said.
“LCCC has provided affordable and easily accessible education to me in my hometown, as well as a program tailored specifically for my busy life as a full-time paramedic serving the community of Oberlin with Central Lorain County EMS,” Plas said.
“My clinical instructors were instrumental to not only my success, but also the success of all of my classmates,” Plas said. “LCCC has done an excellent job selecting their clinical staff, including Kelly King, Maureen Johnson, Nanci Berman, Marianne Carvour and Ellen Bertke.”
Plas plans to complete his bachelor’s degree with the ultimate goal of becoming a critical care nurse practitioner in flight.