Coudersport - Twelve women graduated from the Potter County Education Council's administrative medical assistant program on May 30.
The five-month program was a cooperative effort between the Pennsylvania College of Technology at Wellsboro, Cole Memorial Hospital and the education council.
The graduates now are prepared for employment in medical or dental offices, hospitals, clinics and other health care facilities.
of an administrative medical assistants course gather for
a photo. Shown are, back row, from left, Tonya Miller,
Keeley Lampman, Melissa Stanton, Samantha Rennells, Wendy Roys,
and Kari Stake;
and front row,
from left, Dawn Lowe, Natalie Salamone,
Blue Scheerer and Amber Hilliard.
During the graduation ceremony, over 50 percent of the class reported that they already have had interviews or job offers.
Certificates and pins were presented by Brenda Abplanalp, director of North Campus Outreach Services, to:
Melissa Stanton and
Daisy Scheerer also participated but will receive her certificate at a later date.
White was presented an award for her academic achievement, and perfect attendance awards were given to White, Lampman and Roys.
A reception for family and friends was held following the graduation ceremony.
The students completed 400 hours of classroom instruction followed by a 200-hour externship in local medical clinics and physicians' offices.
At the completion of all requirements, students are eligible to take the National Healthcareer Association's certification exams for medical administrative assisting and medical billing and coding specialist.
The next administrative medical assistant class is scheduled to begin in January. For more information, call the education council at 814-274-4877.