A group of high school students are getting ready to graduate from a medical assistant program at Tulsa Tech and head to the frontlines. One student said the pandemic made her even more ready to get into the medical field and do something good.
They're still in training right now, but in May they will be graduating from the nine-month Medical Assisting Program.
"Being so young and wanting to do something so big is wonderful," said Tulsa Tech Instructor Kaydee Clark.
Clark is all about encouraging her students’ passion by helping them think positively. She even calls her course corrections "encouragements.”
"I am a product of Tulsa Tech. I am alumni, this changed my life right after high school," said Clark.
Clark said these students can leave this program and get a job or they can build on what they learned here and go to college. The options are endless.
"They are the faces of the doctors' offices, medical assistants are the ones who take you back and get your vital signs, they give shots, they draw blood," said Kaydee.
You might think these students are second guessing their choice to go into the medical field, because of the sacrifices they're seeing doctors and nurses make as they care for people during this pandemic but Clark said what her students are witnessing is making them even more passionate about medicine.
"It has actually been a really big eye opener and helped me realize this is something I want to do," said 17-year-old Kaitlyn Hanlon.
This program isn't just for high school seniors, adults can enroll too. In May, more than 100 people will be graduating, passionate and prepared to join frontline workers as they push through this pandemic.
If you are a clinic who would like to partner with Tulsa Tech so students can get through clinicals, please contact Candace Shoopman directly at 918-828-1212 or firstname.lastname@example.org.