Nursing Allowed Sawyer Poitra ’10 to Provide for her Family

After her daughter, Rylan, was born, Gillette local Sawyer Poitra thought she would have to put her college plans on hold. Then she found out about the Nursing program at Gillette College.

“The program allowed me to stay in my hometown and be around family who could support us while I continued my education. It was a huge blessing for me that the Nursing program was here,” she said.

Poitra graduated with her Associate Degree in Nursing from Gillette College in 2010 and became a registered nurse.

“I felt very prepared after I left Gillette College, not just to pass the NCLEX exam, but also to be a great nurse,” she said. “The program is very hands-on and you get real experiences at local clinics and hospitals, so you’re exposed to all the different types of nursing.”

After she graduated, Poitra worked as a nurse at a surgery center and then became a nurse at the Women’s Resource Center of Northeast Wyoming in Gillette. The Center is a non-profit medical clinic that serves women and families in northeast Wyoming. Now, she is the Chief Executive Officer and Director of the Women’s Resource Center. In addition to nursing, she oversees staff, works with donors, and executes fundraising events.

“I’m in contact with a lot of young women through my work, and I try to show them that you can still be a mom and have dreams, get your degree, and be able to provide for your family,” she said. “Gillette College is there to help make that happen.”

Poitra went on to earn her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2012. She credits Gillette College with her ability to get her degree while raising her daughter.

“I definitely recommend Gillette College and the Nursing program specifically, especially for students with families,” Poitra said. “If Gillette College wasn’t here, who knows where I’d be today.”