MEXICO – The Medical Assistant Program at the Center for Career and Community Education held a graduation ceremony for students who successfully completed their program.
CCCE is a partnership between Cayuga Community College and the Center for Instruction, Technology and Innovation.
The ceremony was hosted at CiTi’s Mexico campus and family and friends attended to celebrated their student’s success.
Carla M. DeShaw, executive dean of Community Education and Workforce Development, welcomed those attending the ceremony.
John Shelmidine, president of the CiTi Board of Education, spoke to the graduates about their skill, perseverance and dedication to lifelong learning.
He talked about the importance of a medical assistant, calling it “the glue that holds the medical profession together.”
Shelmidine noted that as a medical assistant, “You may be the first medical professional a patient encounters at a doctor’s office or other medical facility.”
Shelmidine went on to talk about the broad impact they will have on others, not only with the patient, but on their family and friends.
Guest speaker Renee Downs, a recent graduate of the Medical Assistant program is currently employed in the Oswego Health Emergency Department.
She spoke about how pleased and happy she is that she enrolled in the program.
Megan Mosher was named valedictorian for the class with an overall GPA of 98.4 while Caroline Victory was named salutatorian with a 98.1 GPA.
A special Gold Achievement Award is given by Shelly Spencer to students who achieve a 97 or above GPA for every month they are in the program and this year’s recipient was Mosher.
In addition, four students were inducted into the National Technical Honor Society; Cassandra Hickman, Eva Mortenson, Megan Mosher and Caroline Victory. Consideration for NTHS is based on a recommendation from their instructor, their overall performance and conduct, grade point average of 90% or above and an absentee rate of less than 5%.
A reception for the graduates and their guests was held after the ceremony.