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Students earn degree through new program at Learning Center

Submitted photo Eight students recently earned a Clinical Medical Assistant Program degree from the Randolph County WORC Learning Center. Those taking part in the class included, from left, Chasity Sharp (graduate), Gloria Rowan (graduate), Alyssa Rosario (graduate), Stormie Cawthon (Nurse Educator for Clinical Medical Assistant Class), Candace Elza (graduate), Erica Riffle (graduate), Amber Lewis (graduate) and Dr. Megan Webb (Dean of Advancement and Continuing Education).

ELKINS — Six students celebrated earning a Clinical Medical Assistant Program degree from the Randolph County WORC Learning Center recently.

The program is made available through the Randolph County Housing Authority, who partnered with Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College Workforce to provide a nurse educator along with all the necessary instructional materials needed for the class.

The Clinical Medical Assistant class prepares students to take the National Healthcareer Association Certified Clinical Medical Assistant national certification examination. It is one of many workforce community college classes offered in Elkins at the Learning Center, officials said.

“Our most recent class was very successful and we are looking forward to our next classes in the fall,” Program Manager Jennifer Griggs told The Inter-Mountain. “We have now graduated over 23 students during the last college year.”

In all, the students completed 16 weeks of classes in medical terminology, medical assistant/administration, EKG technician and phlebotomy technician classes. The students were provided both formal and hands-on instruction during the class schedule and each earned 10 college credits along the way.

Dr. Megan Webb, dean of Advancement and Continuing Education from Eastern West Virginia Community and Technical College, presented the students with their completion certificates.

Those graduating were Chasity Sharp, Gloria Rowan, Alyssa Rosario, Candace Elza, Erica Riffle and Amber Lewis. Stormie Cawthon was the nurse educator for the class.

Additional funding and support for the classes are provided by Davis Health Systems Foundation, the Elkins-Randolph Chamber of Commerce and a Workforce Opportunity for Rural Communities Grant.

The WORC Program will be offering evening classes in Clinical Medical Assistant and Pharmacy Technician this fall. Those wishing to take the classes must submit an application by July 15. Most students are eligible for the HEAPS Grant, which covers most of the costs for the classes.

Students taking part in one of the WORC programs will have access to the Learning Center and will be provided a job coach who will help them find employment in Randolph County or the surrounding communities.

“Our area employer partners are happy because they are able to get people who have been trained here,” Griggs said. “And the people we are graduating from these classes are people who want to stay here and work with our healthcare providers in Randolph County.”

The Learning Center is located at 125 Third Street in downtown Elkins. Call 304-636-6495 for more information.

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