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Thacker Found His Passion through Big Sandy’s RN Program

Brett Thacker, center, graduated with an associate degree in nursing from Big Sandy Community and Technical College on Friday, May 5 at the Mountain Arts Center.  He is shown with his father, Earl Thacker, a member of the Big Sandy College Educational Foundation, Inc., and Big Sandy Community and Technical College Interim President Dr. Alan Scheibmeir. Brett Thacker graduated from Big Sandy Community and Technical College in 2007 with an Associate in Arts degree as a high school senior at Pike Central High School.  He went on to earn a bachelor’s degree in communications two years later from Northern Kentucky University. 

But it was working as a nurses’ aide between jobs where he found his passion. 

Thacker wanted to be a nurse. 

He earned his Associate of Applied Science in Nursing degree on Friday, May 5 at the Mountain Arts Center. 

“It has been an amazing journey,” said Thacker. “I wouldn’t be here had it not been for my wife, Hannah, and my parents [Earl and Mitzi Thacker].” 

Thacker’s wife, Hannah, is a first-year BSCTC nursing student, and they have one son, Wyatt Jamison Thacker. 

Brett’s plan is to work in the medical surgical field and continue his education. 

“The decision lies with the general abundance of a variety of cases; allowing for a broad base of experience,” he said.  “If I could experience and be a part of everything medicine has to offer, I will be pleased.” 

Brett’s eventual goal to become a nurse practitioner. 

“A nurse practitioner is involved and responsible for a greater depth of treatment,” he added. “The great education I have had here has inspired me to one day be a provider of future generations.  In actuality, Big Sandy is home to many, if not all, of the educators that have ever inspired such considerations.” 

BSCTC is currently enrolling for the fall semester.  For more information, call (606) 886-3863 or visit bigsandy.kctcs.edu.