MEXICO – The Center for Career and Community Education held a completion ceremony for students who successfully completed their Medical Assisting program.
Following opening remarks by CCCE’s Executive Dean of Workforce Development and Community Education Carla DeShaw, where she called the group of graduates, “small but fierce,” DeShaw went on to compliment the family members in attendance.
She also praised the graduates for all passing their national certification exam.
She then introduced Christopher Todd, the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation’s District Superintendent who shared how important it is for him to attend adult ed graduations saying, “This grounds me in the work that I do. I want to say congratulations,” adding, “The prospect of jobs on the horizon is absolutely amazing.”
Shelly Spencer, Medical Assisting instructor, turned her remarks to the audience, saying “without you they [graduates] wouldn’t be here. You are the glue that holds this together.” To the graduates she joked, “I told you on day one, ‘it’s going to go by fast!’”
Jamie Bortel, a recent graduate of the Medical Assisting program came back as a guest speaker to share some of her experience following graduation.
She praised the staff in the Medical Assisting program, including Spencer, DeShaw and Liz Rice, Health Occupations Coordinator at CCCE. Bortel was hired right out of the program at Five Star Urgent Care in Oswego.
Brittany Roffo was the Medical Assisting class speaker and she thanked Spencer for her time and dedication to each of the students and the success of the class.
She joked that the prior speakers had already covered everything that she had in her speech.
Following the presentation of pins and diplomas, special awards were given including valedictorian to Christy Billings with a 99.69 GPA and salutatorian to Tasha Barker with a 98.52.
In addition to these special awards, Spencer recognized two students for gold achievement awards where students had to have at least a 97% at the end of every single month.
Christy Billings and Tasha Barker earned this special recognition.
National Technical Honor Society recognition went to Christy Billings, Tasha Barker and Brittany Roffo.
This award recognizes those students who have been recommended to NTHS based on overall performance and conduct, academic achievement, and character.
The seven character attributes include: knowledge, skill, honesty, service, responsibility, citizenship and leadership.
In closing DeShaw talked about the many, many opportunities in health care and encouraged the graduates to “be a sponge and find that perfect area that makes you want to get up every morning and make work not work. When you reach that, you have found your true passion.”
A reception was held for the students and their guests following the ceremony.