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Lake Land College Honors First Medical Assistant Graduates in Pinning Ceremony

Posted on September 12, 2018

 At the 2018 Lake Land College first ever Associate Degree in Medical Assisting Pinning Ceremony, graduating medical assistants received their pins.

Medical Assistant Program Instructor Molly Yeske said she saw huge improvement in her students academically and professionally. “Some students went from absolutely no healthcare knowledge and typing less than three words a minute, to typing 47 words a minute with fewer than two errors and being able to pass their certification exam on the first try,” Yeske said.

Jodie Carey, Mattoon, received the Overall Progress Award, which is given each year to a graduating student who showed overall progress clinically, academically and socially/affectively. The recipient of this award is chosen by instructors.

Kristy Warman, Hindsboro, received the Associate Degree Medical Assisting Peer Award. The recipient is chosen based on his or her clinical and scholastic performance, willingness to help other students, professionalism, maturity and spirit.  The award is characterized by a true team player, who also is considered a leader. The recipient of this award is chosen by fellow medical assisting students.

The new medical assisting program trains students in a combination of clinical and administrative skills. Medical assistants are well-rounded in working on a range of functions, from drawing blood and providing injections, to formatting spreadsheets to medical accounting and billing.

Medical Assisting is a special admission program offered as both a certificate and an associate degree. To learn more visit and under “Academics” click on “Academic Majors, Degrees & Certificates.”

The following students received their pins at the ceremony:

Jodie Carey                Mattoon

Kyla Ohm                   Mattoon

Kristi Warman          Hindsboro

Trina Smith                Sullivan

Hayley Zirkle             Sullivan

Randa Morris            Shelbyville

Purisima Palmer       Shelbyville

Alyssa Willoughby    Windsor

Clarissa Seal               Mattoon

Melissa Lye                 Findley

Brittney Reed             Effingham

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