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Charter Institute Farmington Holds Graduation Ceremony for 50

The Charter Institute campus in Farmington hosted graduation ceremonies at the McGee Park Convention Center in November, for 50 students earning Medical Assistant certificates.

Charter College Chancellor Jill James was the keynote speaker and Campus Manager Tammy Wilhelm presented awards to the students graduating with honors. Another speaker was Johnson Harrison Sr. Ta’chii’nii’ (Red-Running-Into-The-Water-Clan), a traditional medicine man, who spoke in Navajo. He is originally from Chaco Canyon and currently resides in Dzith-Na-O-Dith-Hle.

Kodie FitzgeraldKodie Fitzgerald earned her Medical Assistant (MA) certificate in November and is now working at Mercy Regional Medical Center as an MA. She says her experience at Charter Institute helped prepare her for the job she has now, including earning national certification through NCCT (National Center for Competency Testing).

“I’ve been working in the health care field for six years, but I needed to get certified to advance and Charter Institute helped me do that,” she says. “And my instructors prepared me for the actual day-to-day experience of what it means to work in a hospital setting.”

Fitzgerald has plans to continue her education and eventually become an RN, but the mother of three decided it was time to take a short break from education while she dives into her career as an MA. 

“All of us at Charter Institute are so proud of our graduates. They have all come so far and they never let go of their dreams, overcoming many challenges and life struggles to get to this point,” said Campus President Tammy Wilhelm. “They have succeeded and will do great things in the community, helping to make our community healthier.”

 

 

 

Graduate List

ASSOCIATE OF APPLIED SCIENCE, ALLIED HEALTH

(VANCOUVER CAMPUS)

  • Alfreida Bee

CERTIFICATE IN MEDICAL ASSISTANT

  • Regina Atcitty
  • Erica Atencio
  • Alfreida Bee
  • Nelson Bee
  • Shelley Begay
  • Charisse Benioh
  • Tanya Blackwater
  • Sheila Burke
  • Cynthia Charley
  • Raquel Clark
  • Lara Davis
  • Sudul Diahkah
  • Kodie Fitzgerald
  • Andrea Frase
  • Suzanne Fronek
  • Sherri Gardner
  • Shania George
  • Natasha Goodman
  • Melissa Hollandsworth
  • Nicole Jackson
  • Joyce Jolly
  • Treva Jones
  • Melissa Largo
  • LaDere Lewis
  • Kimberly Lovato
  • Davetta MacDonald
  • Arleigh Montoya
  • Renee Morgan
  • Doreen Nelson
  • Ellarena Sandoval
  • Teri Sides
  • Libbie Simpson
  • Sanya Simpson
  • Letitia Sloan
  • Mikayla Tate
  • Chanda Thomas
  • Erin Thomas
  • Tempestti Thomas
  • Heather Toglena
  • Johanna Tsosie
  • Natasha Twyman
  • Tracy Vallejos
  • Kassondra Varela
  • Latosha Vermersch
  • Verenda Victor
  • Vancheska Wheeler
  • Stacy Whitesinger
  • Candace Yazzie
  • Carlandra Yazzie
  • Samantha Yazzie

CERTIFICATE IN MEDICAL OFFICE ADMINISTRATIVE ASSISTANT

(VANCOUVER CAMPUS)

  • Charlena Barber
  • Cheyenne Bourdon
  • Terri Brown
  • Jolene Roop
  • Tiffany Salazar
  • Salvanna Smith
  • Janea Stoney
  • Cynthia Tahy
  • Geneva White
  • Jessica Wilson

Charter Institute, a division of Charter College, provides practical curriculum, bringing graduates to the employment marketplace as quickly as possible with the skill sets and experience demanded by employers in each area of emphasis. Each of the schools are nationally accredited and students who qualify are eligible to participate in traditional federal financial aid grant and loan programs. For more information, visit www.chartercollege.edu/farmington-nm