21 year old Crystal Lenhart will be the first in her family to graduate from college. Encouraged by her parents, she is a determined MCC- Penn Valley student who, after taking anatomy, began to see a new direction. Her goal is to work as a radiologist. Right now she is enrolled in MCC’s Medical Assistant training program.
“It really is giving me the knowledge to become a medical assistant, to do well at my job and help patients. I think the program is amazing, how it works and how it is giving me the knowledge. It is literally giving me everything I need to become successful as a medical assistant, explained Lenhart.
Medical Assisting is one of the fastest growing healthcare occupations today. Medical Assistants may provide clinical assistance in many areas from obtaining patient history and vital signs to venipuncture. In addition, the medical assistant may be called upon to perform administrative and managerial duties such as scheduling appointments and ordering supplies or assisting with the hiring and or evaluation of employees. Students who complete all of the medical assisting course work from MCC will graduate with a Certificate and be eligible to sit for the National Certification Exam for the Medical Assistant from the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA).
Crystal was chosen to meet the U.S. Secretary of Labor, Thomas Perez, when he visited the Business & Technology campus in August. She took part in a roundtable discussion with Perez, other officials and successful graduates to talk about programs aimed to help “upskill” future employers. They specifically discussed results of three “MoWINs” grants, which use federal funding to train the unemployed, underemployed and veterans for high-skill jobs in health care, manufacturing and the STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields.
During the discussion Crystal said, “last semester I took an anatomy class, because I want to do radiology. That is my life long goal to become a radiologist. In anatomy, a girl in my class told me about the program because she knew I wanted to get my foot in the door.”
Crystal said the training and experience has been life changing. “I literally learn so much every day and I think it is amazing. I learn how to treat a patient, how to help a patient, what I need to do, what I don’t need to do.”
MCC advisors who work with Crystal describe her as a tenacious, soccer-playing student who is paying her own way through college with the help of a part-time job. The advisors are thrilled that say has embraced the opportunities offered to her to advance her medical knowledge and they can see she is creating her own strategic career path toward success.
Those advisors are confident she will graduate and are so proud of her success already.