The 19 members of the 2014 Medical Assisting class at Wayne Community College (WCC) were presented their pins in a formal ceremony May 5.
The annual service, which includes presentation of medical assistant pins and red roses to students by the program faculty, and recitation of the Medical Assistant’s Creed, denotes the end of the graduates’ academic careers and beginning of their professional lives.
This year’s graduates are Monica Absalao, Rachel Bissette, Amanda Brand, Heather Bridgers, Kristin Cherry, Latoya Coburn, Viola Figueroa, Brittany Houston, Denise Kearney, Pamela McIlvaine, Natosha McLeod, Sarah Price, Danita Robinson, Donna Shingleton, Laquita Streeter, Tonya Strong, Lindsay Stutts, Stacy Sutton, and Melissa Whiteside.
Ms. Sutton was presented the annual Clinical Excellence Award, which recognizes the graduate who earns above average clinical site evaluations and the highest possible number of clinical hours. She put in 308 hours, exceeding the minimum number of hours assigned each week by 74 hours.
The Academic Excellence Award went to Ms. Stutts, who has a perfect grade point average (GPA). The award recognizes the graduate who achieves the highest standards in the classroom and has the highest overall GPA.
Ms. Kearney was named the “most outstanding student.” She earned the award with an exceptional grade point average, excellent clinical reviews, and commitment to her new profession – possessing “the whole package.”
Two students earned extra attention from their classmates and teachers by bringing their new sons to the ceremony. Mrs. Bridgers’ three-month-old Sawyer Allen Bridgers and Ms. Streeter’s three-day-old Liam Joel Streeter did not cause either mother to miss a beat either before or after their births, according to Program Director Heather Odom.
Wayne Community College’s Medical Assisting Program is an 18-month, limited admission program that includes administrative, clinical and lab components. It is accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs upon the recommendation of the Curriculum Review Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Endowment and graduates are eligible to sit for the AAMA’s certification examination to become Certified Medical Assistants.
Wayne Community College is a public, two-year college with an open-door admission policy located in Goldsboro, N.C. As it works to develop a highly skilled and competitive workforce, it serves 15,000 individuals annually as well as businesses, industry and community organizations with high quality, affordable, accessible learning opportunities, including more than 100 college credit programs.