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CiTi Launches 10 New Medical Assistants Into Health Field

MEXICO – Ten new certified medical assistants will join the health field as a result of completing the Certified Medical Assisting program through the Center for Career and Community Education, a community collaborative between Cayuga Community College and the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation.

The entire class passed its national certification exam, and eight out of the 10 students secured job placements before graduation.

Center for Career and Community Education Certified Medical Assistant students celebrate their graduation with their teacher and administration from CCC and CiTi.  From left: John Shelmidine (CiTi BOE president), Shelly Spencer (health occupations instructor), Amanda Stoughtenger, Tonya Dolbear, Nushaw Nwankwo, Lynette Duttinger, Mackenzie Bisnett, Paige Blum, Shawna LaTulip, Carla DeShaw (CCC Executive Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development), Megan Kelkenberg and Christopher Todd (CiTi District Superintendent).
Center for Career and Community Education Certified Medical Assistant students celebrate their graduation with their teacher and administration from CCC and CiTi. From left: John Shelmidine (CiTi BOE president), Shelly Spencer (health occupations instructor), Amanda Stoughtenger, Tonya Dolbear, Nushaw Nwankwo, Lynette Duttinger, Mackenzie Bisnett, Paige Blum, Shawna LaTulip, Carla DeShaw (CCC Executive Dean of Community Education and Workforce Development), Megan Kelkenberg and Christopher Todd (CiTi District Superintendent).

Last semester’s graduating students are all currently employed as medical assistants at this time.

“I would recommend this program to anybody who is looking to get into the medial field 100 percent,” said class salutatorian Amanda Stoughtenger.

Stoughtenger said she is excited to start her new career with NY Spine and Wellness Center in Liverpool.

Previously, she was employed at Home Depot. Though she enjoyed her position there, Stoughtenger said it was only a job, not a career, and she has since fallen in love with the medical field.

“The amount of knowledge that I have after this course is amazing,” said Stoughtenger. “I never thought that I would be able to learn and remember as much as I have.”

The program can also serve as a stepping stone for students, as it has for Shawna LaTulip.

LaTulip has secured a medical assisting position at Dr. Padma Ram Medical Services in Oswego and aspires to eventually become a registered nurse. She plans to apply to the St. Joseph’s College of Nursing Evening/Weekend RN program and work as she obtains her degree.

The Certified Medical Assisting program offers competitive tuition pricing and teaches concepts like anatomy and physiology, medical terminology, phlebotomy and other clinical skills.

All of the graduates agreed that the 730-hour program was intense, with hours of studying every night, but the support from their teacher (Shelly Spencer) eased their worries, and they felt victorious in finishing the program.

Teacher Shelly Spencer presents Mackenzie Bisnett with her pin for completing the Certified Medical Assisting program.
Teacher Shelly Spencer presents Mackenzie Bisnett with her pin for completing the Certified Medical Assisting program.

“As a medical assistant, you will be the glue that holds the medical profession together,” said John Shelmidine, CiTi Board of Education president, at the graduation.

Catherine Biancavilla, Paige Blum, Christina Ketcham, Nushaw Nwankwo, Tonya Dolbear, Megan Kelkenberg (class valedictorian) and Amanda Stoughtenger (class salutatorian) all received a gold award, which signifies a 97 to 100 grade point average every month.

Stoughtenger, Blum, LaTulip and Kelkenberg also received awards from the National Technical Honor Society.

“The students here are a reminder to us that learning never ends,” said CiTi District Superintendent Christopher Todd.

The next Certified Medical Assistant class is scheduled to commence June 4.

Classes will be held Monday through Thursday from 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Applications and information can be obtained through Rob Elia, Workforce Liaison, at 963-4251.