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

CSM Recognizes 52 Students for Completing Continuing Education and Workforce Development Healthcare Programs

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 or phlebotomy technicians.

“What an exciting day for our 52 graduates of our Continuing Education and Workforce Development Healthcare programs,” College of Southern Maryland President Maureen Murphy said. “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 healthcare,” College of Southern Maryland Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development Dan Mosser said. “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 healthcare workers translates into hundreds of thousands of positions that remain unfilled. Each of your healthcare 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.”

College of Southern Maryland Healthcare Program Director Lori Proctor recognized instructors Marvin Becker, Connie Conner, Brenda Gentles, Jennean Hodge, William Rush, Darlene Rush, Jamie Smith, Cindy Summers, TiKeya Williams and Brenda Wilson.

“The College of Southern Maryland is fortunate to have dedicated staff and adjunct healthcare faculty working with our students to help them achieve success,” she said.

Before recognizing the graduates with their healthcare pins, College of Southern Maryland Healthcare Course Manager Jill Lassiter thanked clinical partners across the Southern Maryland region who played vital roles as trainers and employers of the college's healthcare 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,” Lassiter said, referring to Calvert Health Systems, DATS, Genesis Healthcare Waldorf Center, Labcorp, Sagepoint Nursing and Rehabilitation Center, Solomons Nursing Center and St. Mary’s Nursing Center Inc.

During her closing remarks, College of Southern Maryland 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.”

The following individuals completed the college's Continuing Education and Workforce Development Healthcare programs.

Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Program

Samantha Alecknavage, Stefany Martinez, Oneyda Ortiz, Crystal Street.

Nursing Assistant/Geriatric Nursing Assistant Program

Shelly Bridgett, Daniel Carter, Bailey Cantrell, Caitlin Demarr, Abigail Dodato, Melissa Flerlage, Gabriel Gonzales, Hannah Harms, Deanna M. Jones, Ashley Kackley, Karlie Knott, Caley Landrum, Suzanne Lucero, Dipila Panday, Julie Pham, Eileen Radtke, Tabitha Rea, Sophia Rice, Rupali Shah, Danielle Sikorski, Karen Tippett-Dillon, Edelyn Valencia, Jade Wilson. Dental Assistant Program

Cali Brett, Jasmine Brockington, MacKenzie Clark, Crystal Cavanaugh, Jalynn Cristaudo, Angela Garner, Carmelia Johnson, Kemarmi Jones, Karen Laperch, Katherine Murphy, Taylor Peterman, Lauryn Stancil, William Strong.

Electrocardiogram Technician Program

Brianna Rackey, Alexis Reid.

Phlebotomy Technician Program

Ashely Freeman, Kaitlyn Hall, Saki Hilario, Bryce Jones, Sahrai Mendiola, Michelle Routt, Angela Scott, Shaunda Wentz, April Whiting and Orchid Wilkes.

For information more information about the college's healthcare programs, go to www.csmd.edu/careerdevelopment/healthcare.