2018 Medical Assistant Graduation

May 23, 2018

CLEARLAKE, CALIF (May 23, 2018) – Over 100 family, friends and colleagues were on hand to celebrate the 2018 Commencement Ceremony of the Lake County Office of Education (LCOE) Medical Assistant (MA) program, Tuesday, May 22, 2018 at the Cornelison Event Center in Clearlake, California.

The course instructors lauded this group of fifteen graduates for being “motivated, focused and empathetic leaders.”

This graduating class received more Honor Roll rankings than any other previous MA class. Six of the fifteen students scored 90% or higher on their coursework to earn this honor.

Megan Wold earned the honor of Valedictorian, and Micaela Martinez and Camilyn Wisely were named as Salutatorians.

Wold congratulated her classmates, and thanked LCOE for providing the opportunity for adult education in Lake County.

The graduates completed 680 hours of instruction and administrative work over a 9-month period, starting their journey in September of 2017. Externships were performed at the Clearlake VA Clinic, where students earned real-life experience.

Brock Falkenberg, Lake County Superintendent of Schools, opened the ceremonies by congratulating the graduates and telling them, “I can’t stop smiling. This is fantastic.”

Keynote speaker was Clearlake VA Clinic Director, Carol Ann Brown, RN, BSN. Brown is a former MA, and spoke about different career paths open to those with MA training.

The graduates will sit for National Certified Medical Assistant exam on Saturday June 2, 2018. Once they pass, they will be recognized as nationally Certified Medical Assistants.

Several graduates already have job placement in the medical field.

Brown pointed out that there are hundreds of open positions for Medical Assistants right now, highlighting the importance of this vocation in the medical field.

For more information about adult education courses offered through the Lake County Office of Education, please go to www.lakecoe.org or contact Education Specialist Tammy Serpa at tserpa@lakecoe.org, or (707) 263- 8918 ext. 284.

Photo Caption:

Back row L-R: Jackie Juarez-Gomora, Ashley Medlin, Katelyn LaBrash, Michelle Thomas, Kayla Jackson, Calysta Markley, Micaela Martinez.
Front row L-R:  Diedra Lagle (Instructor), Camilyn Wisely, Corrie Murray, Licica Devries, Megan Wold, Cheyenna Apodaca, Thea Biasotti, Crystal Lopez, Rita Valdez, Mandy Robbins (Instructor

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