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Every Picture Tells A Story An inside look at our Radiologic Technology program

Jan Roberts From the hills of West Virginia to Medical Assisting Instructor at MTC

uh-MA-zing! A Student Profile: Rachel Hoeft

A Graduates Perspective Zachry Gavin gives his a advice on success after graduation

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3 JAN ROBERTS, M.A. INSTRUCTOR From the hills of West Virginia to Medical Assisting Instructor at Marion Technical College

7 UH-MA-ZING! A Medical Assisting student profile: Rachel Hoeft

10 EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY An inside look at one of our most competitive programs - Radiologic Technology

16 A GRADUATES PERSPECTIVE Zachry Gavin gives his a advice on success after graduation



Editor’s Letter At the end of last semester, we introduced The MTC Scoop newsletter to our Marion Technical College community. We may have only published one issue, but we quickly realized that we needed a different platform to better represent our College. We did some things right with the original newsletter, but we all felt there were areas where we could improve. We learned from it, and we changed. The idea of The Scoop started to become a reality over the past month. We decided that publishing monthly would give us the best way to keep our college publication fresh and exciting. We want to offer the best content that is relevant to our students and our Marion Technical College community. Our goal is to feature creative content that is based on originality, quality reporting, and will also give a platform to the voice of our campus community. Throughout this month’s issue, you will see that we are taking bold strides in our new direction. We started The Scoop because we want our students, staff, and community to be excited about our college and student life here at MTC. We want our publication to show a different side of our college and student body. The creative, passionate, and innovate side that most people don’t get to see. If we have done our job, then we are showcasing your classmate, teacher, or members of our local community.

Events over the past few months have been hard on our community and our college. From hurricanes to mourning the loss of one of our own, we were hit hard by events that none of us could control. Now more than ever, this New Year is an opportunity to reflect, gain perspective, and take steps to make our goals a reality. We are here to help you and give you the tools you need to accomplish anything. Because your success is our success.

t t a f f o m a l kay Kayla Moffatt, Editor in Chief

Jan Roberts

Medical Assisting Instructor By: Kayla Moffatt


Jan Roberts - M.A. Instructor You have to travel west across the entire state of West Virginia to get to her hometown. The rock walls carved out of the mountainside tower over you, the edges drop into nothing, as you drive the winding roads to Ripley. Settled in the foothills of the tree-covered, rocky mountains is the idyllic small town where she grew up. It was the kind of place where everyone knew each other, the winters were long, and coal was king. All of Jan Robert’s life, she wanted to become a nurse. She loved taking care of people and knew she could make a difference. She worked hard, knowing that after high school she would go on to college. She planned on getting her degree and becoming a nurse. As it is with most things in life, things don’t always work out the way we think they will. In 1979, Jan’s father, Danny Roberts, was laid-off from his job working in the local aluminum plant powered by coal. He looked for work all over, but

Image Source: West Virginia and Regional History

image Source: Tim Kiser, 2007

jobs were scarce due to the shutdowns of the mines. In 1981, Jan graduated from high school. She was looking forward to starting college to become a nurse. However, after 15 months, her father still hadn’t been able to find a job, and her family just didn’t have the money to send her to school. She knew she needed a job, and for that – she was going to need to go to college. She was determined to find a way to make it happen. She began to look around and apply for scholarships. She finally received one for a Medical Assisting course at West Virginia Career College. She thought she could use it as the first step towards a career in the healthcare profession, and eventually transfer into a nursing program. All of her plans went out the window, once she got into the program. She started training as a Medical Assistant, and it didn’t take long for her to realize she never wanted to do anything else. She loved the diversity of being a Medical Assistant. “You can do so much with a Medical Assisting degree, that I was never bored.”

Jan Roberts - M.A. Instructor Jan worked as a Medical Assistant in West Virginia, and then in Florida. She began working at Dr. Fox and Dr. Stone’s office when she met Gail McPadden. Eventually, Gail McPadden left to start work at, what would become Marion Technical College, to start the Health Occupations Department. In 1996, Gail called her about coming to work for her. “She was in need of someone to teach a Medical Terminology class at night, but I wasn’t interested.” However, Gail was persistent, and after the second time calling, Jan finally agreed.

“My first time teaching, I was so nervous. I rushed through the class so fast, I’m pretty sure I was done in like 15 minutes,” she said laughing. “Now, I talk so much my students beg me to stop.” For 14 years, Jan would work full-time at the doctor’s office during the day and teach classes at night. In 2010, Gail McPadden would call her again. This time to ask if she would become a full-time instructor for Medical Assisting. She left the job at the doctor’s office and has been teaching as a full-time instructor ever since. When asked, “What does Medical Assisting mean to her?” She was quick to say “Diversity”. She has experienced everything from administration, to payroll, to patient care, to billing and coding. She even received her basic X-Ray license. “I think all of the different aspects of being a Medical Assistant, especially patient education, has prepared me for being a Medical Assisting Instructor. I love that I’m able to pass on these skills to the next generation of Medical Assistants.” Jan, as well as others from the MTC Health Science department, have worked over the years to create the outstanding Medical Assisting program we have today. The standard that we set is higher than most colleges, because instructors, like Jan Roberts, know what it takes for students to graduate with a well-rounded, knowledgeable skill set that will prepare them for the demands of the healthcare profession.



HAVE YOU MET RACHEL HOEFT? Rachel Hoeft is one of many enthusiastic students currently enrolled in MTC’s Medical Assisting program. The program has a nearly 100% certification exam pass-rate which is attributed to the gifted and compassionate program instructors.

uh-MA-zing! A Student Profile: Rachel Hoeft By: Cheryl Sirmons

Rachael Hoeft is a 20 year old full-time Medical Assisting (MA) student who chose Marion Technical College to train for a career in healthcare. “I chose MTC because it is a well-known CAAHEP accredited school and the program is under one year. It offers externships within the program that can open up many opportunities.” Rachael believes that the many positive learning experiences she’s had in this program for the past 6 months, such as phlebotomy, EKG exams, lab tests and more, have helped her maintain a 4.0 grade point average.  While being a full-time student, Rachael also works part-time as a server at Miller’s Ale House.  She shares, “I am looking forward to working in a doctor’s office with children, dermatology or a surgical site.” Her career goals are to expand further into healthcare and continue school to become a Registered Nurse someday.  




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Every Picture Tells a Story

By: Stefini McCord vii

The crowds in the stands rose to their feet yelling and cheering as their star player flew down the court going for a lay-up to win the game! As he jumps into the air, the ball leaving his hands, aimed toward the basket, an opponent body slams him to the ground. As a dedicated high school athlete, Wilson Cintron was well adapted to playing through physical pain. Injuries and doctors’ visits were as commonplace as afterschool practice meets. But during this one markedly different basketball game, Cintron sustained an injury that would alter the course of his future. The force of the collision onto the gymnasium floor, caused Cintron to feel a prominent pop as searing pain bolted through his right leg. Unable to stand and walk, he was removed from the court and promptly taken for an x-ray. A keen photography hobbyist, Cintron watched with new interest as the radiology techs maneuvered him through the routine procedures. But this time it didn’t seem routine to Wilson. The techs worked like shadow makers,

Every Picture Tells A Story using the x-ray machine like a camera to capture the black, white and gray shades of his bones, deftly analyzing the results with trained eyes. Despite the persistent pain of what was later diagnosed by MRI as a torn ACL, Cintron felt a new interest in the technology and profession of radiology. Through this experience, he realized his intrigue could be cultivated beyond a passing curiosity. With guidance and deliberation, Wilson Cintron found his life passion for radiologic technology and chose Marion Technical College as the place to launch his career in diagnostic imaging.

Radiologic Technologists (or “x-ray techs”) help tell every patient’s story when it matters the most. Radiologic Technology is the art and science of using x-rays, or high-level energy, through the use of modern digital equipment to produce quality diagnostic images. By combining technology with compassionate healthcare, MTC graduates are high tech, high touch imaging professionals. They are in high-demand with a 100% job placement rate. The rad tech program faculty have over 55 years of combined educational and clinical experience, making students knowledgeable beyond the textbook. Students complete 1700 hours of hands-on clinical experience in top-quality clinical settings throughout Marion, Citrus, Sumter and Lake Counties. This JRCERT* accredited program’s exceptional integrity and reputation have been the foundation for producing over 500 highly qualified Technologists over the past 35 years. [*Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology,]


Every Story Tells A Picture

The Radiologic Technology Program is a 22 month full-time certificate program. To become a Registered Technologist, graduates are required to have an AAS, AS, or AA degree and pass the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) certification exam. Pre-Requisite courses in Anatomy & Physiology, Medical Terminology, College Algebra, and an associate degree should be completed before the program start date.

Anyone interested in applying, can make an appointment for advisement with:

Stefini McCord

Clinical Coordinator (

or Cheryl Sirmons Program Director (


ZACHRY GAVIN A G raduates Perspective

By: Earl Scott

Zachry Gavin is a 2017 graduate of Marion Technical College’s Welding Technology and Welding TechnologyAdvanced Programs. Zachry is a veteran of the Armed Forces, serving his country in the United States Army prior to enrolling in MTC. Zachry’s road to MTC is very similar to those of other MTC graduates. Zachry says that “ Before coming to MTC, I had recently gotten out of the military where I spent approximately 4 years wandering aimlessly, waiting for something good to happen..” Zachry enrolled in a traditional college determined to earn a degree. As he took classes, he realized that was not the direction he felt he needed to go. He was taking classes that left him wondering was he really

working towards a degree in his desired field of business? “I found myself writing essays for a drawing class to get a degree in Business Administration.” The big question for Zachry was “WHY”?

“The purpose. The reason. The WHY. That’s what it’s about.” After some soul searching, Zachry found his purpose, the reason WHY he wanted to learn a new career. “Purpose is the key. Defining your purpose first will help you define how you are going to accomplish it. From there, achieving your purpose is nothing more than a step by step process.” Zachry applied to the Welding Technology Program at MTC. “I chose MTC because it is a local college, and I could learn and focus completely on the specific trade I wanted, welding.” In the Fall of 2015, Zachry applied to the Welding Technology Program at MTC. He was accepted into the January 2016 cohort, and in December of 2016, less than one year after starting school, he graduated with a career certificate and many nationally recognized welding certifications. Those welding certifications opened the door to the job he currently has, welder/fabricator at Klahm and Sons, Inc. On February 7, Zachry will celebrate his one year work anniversary. Zachry decided he wanted to continue his education, so he enrolled in the Welding Technology Advanced program in January 2017, and completed the program 11 months later, earning additional welding certifications.

A Graduates Perspective

Why did you choose Marion Technical College? MTC is a local school, and I could learn the welding, through the courses offered at Marion Technical College, as opposed to a traditional college where you have to take unrelated courses, and not as much welding courses. I had taken traditional college courses and became frustrated because I would not take courses related to my trade for at least two years. How has MTC prepared you to enter the workforce? I learned the specific trade I wanted, and I was prepared to enter the workforce. I was in school for less than a year and gained valuable hands-on experience and welding

certifications that I can take with me anywhere I go in the world of welding. Not only did I receive the training I sought, but MTC staff assisted me in finding my current employer, Klahm and Sons, Inc. What advice would you give an incoming MTC student? Anyone getting out of high school or changing careers, it makes sense to attend MTC or a technical college. The programs are short, a year or so. It could be the beginning of your career or a stepping stone to the next big stage in your career. You can have a high paying job to help propel you to the next step. It is much better than working minimum wage jobs trying to go to traditional college.



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Radiologic Technology Program

Advisory Board Members

Rocco Cirocco , Citrus Memorial Hospital Tonya D’Ambrosio, Radiology Associates of Ocala Matt Grosse, Munroe Regional Medical Center Bill Lorenze, Leesburg Regional Medical Center Becky McFadden, Munroe Regional Medical Center Rob McGonigal, Citrus Memorial Hospital Shannon Robinson, Advanced Imaging Brian Smith, Ocala Health Sue Thompson, Leesburg Regional Medical Center Marcella Volkmar, Lake Medical Imaging & Breast Center Amy Whittemore, Ocala Regional Medical Center Ted Williams, Leesburg Regional Medical Center / The Villages Regional Hospital

What is an “Advisory Board”?

Marion Technical College maintians an Advisory Board for each Career and Technical Program, made up of industry professionals, that are committed to the future growth and development of the program.


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FEBRUARY 12, 2018 |  6 PM  Career and Technical Programs Information Session at MTC Main Campus FEBRUARY 21-22, 2018  MTC Will Be Hosting West Port High School Student Tours FEBRUARY 14, 2018  Marion County Youth Career Expo at On Top of the World | Marion County Public Schools, An Equal Opportunity School District



The Scoop - January 2018 | Issue 2