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Beloved FRC nursing instructor retires

Jocelyn Cote of Greenville (by way of Boston), a fixture in the nursing program at FRC, has retired after over a decade of service. Photo by Maggie Wells

You might find Greenville resident Jocelyn Cote at the Indian Valley Community Pool for water aerobics, but one place you won’t find her is at Feather River College — her final place of employment over the last 10 years.

Cote, a registered nurse and an associate instructor since the closing of Indian Valley Hospital, has finally retired at age 75.

She estimates that she’s seen at least 150 students through FRC’s nursing program. “I see our graduates all the time at area hospitals and clinics. Glad to have taught them. Many of them have also gone back to school to become RNs,” said Cote.

Cote, who has been a nurse since her 20s, found teaching a natural extension of nursing. She wanted to train up the next generation of nurses — and use her decades of experience in the field in the classroom.

FRC alumni have indicated Cote’s influence and while they understand her retirement, are saddened that new students will not benefit from her expertise.

At 75, Cote’s retirement plans are just that. Retirement. “I have no plans to go anywhere, but Indian Valley,” Cote said, getting into the pool for evening aerobics.

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