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Medical Student Finds Her Career

Rebekah Hern

Rebekah Hern tried traditional college, and found she didn’t like it. In searching for a different educational option, she chose the WCCC Adult Medical Assisting program, and will complete this fall.

“I chose the medical assisting program because I wanted to see what the medical field is like,” she said. “I have always known I wanted to be in the medical field but did not know where to start. I have decided to pursue a career for nursing in the near future. I feel that medical assisting has really prepared me for my future in the medical field. I choose WCCC because I had heard great things about it and it was close to home.”

Ms. Hern was recognized as the February Disciplined, Motivated, Determined Award winner, a monthly award for the adult medical students at WCCC’s Greentree Health Science Academy.  Instructors said she readily lends her help to other students while contributing to classroom discussions and taking the lead during small group exercises. She has been working for Dr. Peter Scheidler’s office in Hamilton while going to school in the evenings.

She has experienced challenges while working and going to school, and has overcome them. The change in March to remote learning due to the pandemic, though, was not one of them.

“The most valuable lesson I have learned so far is push through the hardships,” she said. “There have been two times during this program I have just wanted to give up due to personal issues. I had to remind myself that this program will help me in my future career and that I have support at school if I need it. Remote learning was something I was familiar with due to taking online classes at Miami. It did not bother me either way but my teachers really put in the hard work to make sure we were still getting the education we deserve.”

Ms. Hern said she would recommend the program to others. “I like that the class sizes are smaller so you can get more one on one times. I feel that the teachers really wanted you to succeed and were there to help any time you needed it. This program is good for people that don’t like the ‘traditional’ college setting.”

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