CSM recognizes students earning healthcare certificates

Attendees at the CSM Continuing Education and Workforce Development Healthcare recognition and pinning ceremony are, from left, front row, Daniel J. Carter, Bailey Cantrell, Abigail M. Dodato, Deanna M. Jones, Karlie M. Knott, Caley Landrum, Suzanne L. Lucero and Julie N. Pham, and back row, Eileen J. Radtke, Tabitha Rea, Sophia Rice, Danielle Sikorski, Karen Tippett-Dillon; Jalynn A. Cristaudo, Ashley Freeman, Bryce G. Jones, Angela L. Scott and Shaunda C. Wentz.

The College of Southern Maryland forged a new tradition in December when it held its first recognition and pinning ceremony for students completing their Continuing Education and Workforce Development Healthcare program.

The event celebrated students who received certifications to become clinical medical assistants, nursing assistants, geriatric nursing assistants, dental assistants, electrocardiogram technicians and phlebotomy technicians, according to a release from the college.

“What an exciting day for our 52 completers of our Continuing Education and Workforce Development Healthcare programs,” CSM President Maureen Murphy said in the release. “For many of you, this is a milestone you have dreamed of, and on behalf of the college’s dedicated team, we are delighted to help make your dreams become your reality. We appreciate the educators, clinical partners, staff, families, friends and guests who join us today to celebrate with you.”

“There is no better time to be in health care,” added CSM Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Dan Mosser. “The U.S. will need to hire 2.3 million new health care workers by 2025 in order to adequately take care of its aging population, and according to research by global health care staffing consultancy Mercer, a persistent shortage of skilled health care workers translates into hundreds of thousands of positions that remain unfilled.”

“Each of your health care programs are a vital part of patient care,” Mosser continued. “These programs have opened opportunities for continued growth in your career,” he said. “And the industry needs you now, more than ever.”

“The College of Southern Maryland is fortunate to have dedicated staff and adjunct health care faculty working with our students to help them achieve success,” CSM Healthcare Program Director Lori Proctor said in the release. She went on to recognize CSM instructors Marvin Becker, Connie Conner, Brenda Gentles, Jennean Hodge, William Rush, Darlene Rush, Jamie Smith, Cindy Summers, TiKeya Williams and Brenda Wilson.

Before recognizing the completers with their health care pins, CSM Healthcare Course Manager Jill Lassiter thanked the various clinical partners across the Southern Maryland region who play vital roles as trainers and employers of CSM’s health care program participants.

“As you can imagine, there are many partners involved to help make our program a reality and I would like to take a moment to recognize their support,” she shared, before pointing to Calvert Health Systems, DATS, Genesis Healthcare Waldorf Center, Labcorp, Sagepoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Solomons Nursing Center and St. Mary’s Nursing Center.

During closing remarks, CSM Workforce Development Director Kelly Winters asked, “What type of advice could I offer you all as a 20-year career nurse? If you treat your patients how you would like your family to be treated, you will always be right.”

Participants completing CSM’s Continuing Education and Workforce Development Healthcare programs include:

Certified clinical medical assistant program: Samantha Alecknavage, Stefany Martinez, Oneyda P. Ortiz and Crystal M. Street.

Nursing assistant/geriatric nursing assistant program: Shelly M. Bridgett, Daniel J. Carter, Bailey Cantrell, Caitlin Demarr, Abigail M. Dodato, Melissa Flerlage, Gabriel T. Gonzales, Hannah E. Harms, Deanna M. Jones, Ashley N. Kackley, Karlie M. Knott, Caley Landrum, Suzanne L. Lucero, Dipila Panday, Julie N. Pham, Eileen J. Radtke, Tabitha Rea, Sophia Rice, Rupali P. Shah, Danielle Sikorski, Karen Tippett-Dillon, Edelyn Y. Valencia and Jade C. Wilson.

Dental assistant program: Cali R. Brett, Jasmine Brockington, MacKenzie K. Clark, Crystal C. Cavanaugh, Jalynn A. Cristaudo, Angela E. Garner, Carmelia B. Johnson, Kemarmi Jones, Karen A. Laperch, Katherine Murphy, Taylor A Peterman, Lauryn N. Stancil and William Strong.

Electrocardiogram technician program: Brianna N. Rackey and Alexis K. Reid.

Phlebotomy technician program: Ashely Freeman, Kaitlyn T. Hall, Saki N. Hilario, Bryce G. Jones, Sahrai L. Mendiola, Michelle A. Routt, Angela L. Scott, Shaunda C. Wentz, April Y. Whiting and Orchid Wilkes.

For information about CSM’s health care programs, visit www.csmd.edu/careerdevelopment/healthcare.