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Charter College: Success in the Classroom and on the Job

The culmination of the Medical Assisting program at the East Wenatchee campus of Charter College is what Campus Manager David Barshes calls “a five week interview.”

“If they do really well on their externships,” says David, “they’re very likely to get a job right there. Our students take that opportunity very seriously. And they should. If they don’t have to job hunt, that’s a huge head start for their careers.”

David says everyone at Charter College considers job placement a top priority. One way they try to ensure their graduates will find jobs is by training them with the skills healthcare facilities actually look for. According to David, Charter College chose the East Wenatchee campus location specifically because it is so close to Central Washington Hospital and Confluence Health.

“Confluence is expanding rapidly,” says David. “I assume it’s to accommodate an aging population, but whatever the reason, they’re hiring. There are many opportunities there and Charter is able to train MAs to fulfill their needs.”

The Medical Assistant program at Charter College is designed to provide students with the technical and patient treatment skills they’ll need to find success in their careers. Taught in a blended learning format that can be completed in as little as 10 months, the highlight of the program is that 180-hour externship at an actual healthcare facility. But before students can make it to a hospital or clinic setting, they need to prove themselves worthy in the classroom.

“The students who are successful are showing up, doing the work, not making excuses,” says David. “This is a life change for many of them and life change requires new habits. What we try to do is support them and encourage them as they develop new priorities. We attempt to help every student succeed.”

David knows a lot about the Charter College students. He was a Student Success instructor before taking on the role of Campus Manager. He says many Charter students face significant challenges and one of his jobs is to identify obstacles that might be standing in their way and help them overcome them. He has stepped up communication since taking charge and does everything he can to make sure no one falls through the cracks.

“By knowing their back stories, we can help them achieve and succeed,” says David.

If you’d like to learn more about the Medical Assistant program at our East Wenatchee campus or any of the Charter College programs, let us know. Fill out the form and we’ll be in touch soon.