Vintage black and white photo of nursing students

With election season in full swing, this week’s “Throwback” goes back to the year the voting age in the United States was officially lowered to 18 years old.

The year was 1971, and here’s a look at Nursing Assistant students who graduated from Moraine Park Technical College that year.

Wonder what else their world was like back then?  

Well, at a quick glance, they graduated in a world where gas was 33 cents a gallon. Movie tickets were $1.50. You could buy a can of Jiffy Peanut Butter for 59 cents.

Kids were playing with Etch-A-Sketch and Rock Em Sock Em Robots.

A new stock market index called the Nasdaq debuted. Greenpeace was formed. Walt Disney World Resort opened in Florida. NPR aired its first broadcast. Texas Instruments releases the first pocket calculator, and the first floppy disc was created for computers.

The Vietnam War carried on overseas. Back home, people were listening to Jackson 5, James Taylor and Marvin Gaye, or watching All My Children, Mary Tyler Moore and The Partridge Family.

Snoop Dogg and Kid Rock were born. Louis Armstrong and Jim Morrison passed away.

In the 45 years that have passed since the eventful year this photo was taken, one thing that has certainly remained with us is the need for quality nursing assistants. And Moraine Park continues to help young men and women launch careers in this field.

So if you’re interested in a career as a nursing assistant, we urge you to check out our program page here to learn more!

This summer, 53 students successfully also completed our Nursing Assistant (CNA) boot camps – a rigorous three-week learning experience. Click here to find out more.

Andrew Pantzlaff
Written by Andrew Pantzlaff

Public Relations Specialist.
Lover of pizza.