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Instructor Keeps Students Focused on Success

Instructor Libby Niehaus

Warren County Career Center Pharmacy Technician Instructor Libby Niehaus has taught for Adult Education for four years, and while 2020 has been the most unusual and challenging year so far, she has taken it all in stride.

As school transitioned to remote learning, she began teaching three online classes for Adult Education in full-time programs Medical Assistant, Dental Assisting and Pharmacy Technician. She held daily Zoom meetings and virtual office hours. Dental and Pharmacy have completed now, but she is still continuing to teach Medical Assistant students who will complete this fall.

“I am a college instructor so I have taught in person, hybrid and online courses before,” she said. “With Adult Education, it was more work because we do not use a system like colleges do. I had to set up all my classes myself and import all the materials. It was time consuming but it worked out. I had to put more of the workload on the students. During a Zoom you can only keep their attention for so long, so I taught what I felt was important and had to provide more self-instruction for the students. It was a change for sure, the students are used to being in the classroom so moving to online was a learning curve but we had a lot of support from Dr. Orloff who would join us for the first 10 minutes to provide updates and that helped. We are currently back in the classroom so I will go back to the more traditional approach of things.”

“I know Libby put in an exorbitant amount of hours preparing these lessons and making sure her students succeeded,” Coordinator Teresa Orloff said. “She has found several employment positions for some of the students as well. We could not have kept the Adult Ed Medical Programs going without her! She created and teaches in the Pharmacy Technician program and taught remotely Pharmacology II, Certification Review and Medical Coding. I consider her my ‘right-hand woman’ and I usually ask for her insights on program decisions.”

Former Pharmacy Technician student Vicki Smith, who completed in 2019, thanked both Ms. Niehaus and Dr. Orloff for inspiring her success. She is currently employed at Complete Pharmacy Solutions.

“I saw this quote a while ago and I live by it daily because of Ms. Niehaus: ‘you’re braver than you believe, smarter than you seem, and stronger than you think,’” she said. “Ms. Niehaus has been nothing but a positive role model, instructor and now a life-long friend whom I cherish more than she’ll ever know! She pushed me to be the best version of myself because she saw something in me that I didn’t see in myself and because of that my life has been completely different because I didn’t give up and she wouldn’t let me! I thank her and Dr. Orloff for being the women they are and I could never forget them if I tried!”
Fellow Pharmacy Technician grad Brett Kahny, now employed at Humana, said of Ms. Niehaus: “She is always there for you. She became a friend and goes out of her way to help her students.” Both are pictured here in class in 2019.

Enrollment is going on now for summer and fall starts for part-time and full-time adult medical programs at the WCCC Greentree Health Science Academy. More information HERE.

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