WPCC Medical Assisting Students Graduate


Photo of medical assisting students. May 18, 2018 – Fifteen students from Western Piedmont Community College completed the requirements for the Medical Assisting program and graduated during recent spring commencement exercises.

A pinning ceremony honoring these students was held on May 8, 2018 at Western Piedmont Community College.  President Dr. Michael Helmick welcomed guests to the pinning, Vicki Shuping, medical assisting instructor introduced the guest speaker Brenda Hinegardner, a retired practice manager. Freshman marshals were Michaela Hall and Amber Williams.

Rachel Bradshaw, medical assisting program coordinator, presented awards for outstanding student performance.  Awards included the Excellence in Administrative Medical Assisting to Marisol Adame, the Excellence in Clinical Medical Assisting to Cassidy Hensley, the Excellence in Laboratory Medical Assisting to Yarlety Fernandez, the Excellence in Clinical Practicum I, to Irina Dameron and Shakira Simon-Mendoza and the Excellence in Clinical Practicum II to Irina Dameron and Maxine Vang.  The 2018 Excellence in Medical Assisting Graduate was Irina Dameron.

Numerous area medical offices participated in the education of the medical assisting students this spring and were also honored during the ceremony.  Medical practices that served as training sites included:  Burke Primary Care, Hopewell Family Medicine,  Mountain View Pediatrics, Emerge Ortho, and Morganton Internal Medicine all of Morganton; Carolina Oncology Specialists, Ortho Carolina,  and A Woman’s View of Hickory;  Valdese Family Care of Valdese;  Mulberry Pediatrics,  Robbins Medical, and Plus Urgent Care of Rivercrest of Caldwell Healthcare System.

The following offices of Blue Ridge Health Care System also served as clinical sites:  Blue Ridge Digestive Health, Table Rock Family Medicine, Family Medical Associates, Women’s Health Group Morganton, Women’s Health Group Marion, McDowell Medical Associates, Nebo Medical Center, Blue Ridge Pulmonary, and Blue Ridge Urgent Care.

Medical assistants are the only allied health practitioners trained to work specifically in the physicians’ office performing clinical, administrative, and laboratory duties.

WPCC offers a one-year diploma with a two-year associate degree option in Medical Assisting.  For more information visit www.wpcc.edu/medical-assisting/ or call Rachel Bradshaw, program coordinator at 828-448-3501 or Vicki Shuping, program instructor at 828-448-3172.

Western Piedmont Community College is located in the rolling foothills of picturesque

Morganton, N.C. and proudly serves the local area by providing accessible, high-quality education that improves lives and promotes growth in the community. The college is one of only five colleges in the North Carolina Community College System achieving an “excellence” level in four of seven mandated performance measures and is guided by the College’s five-year strategic plan focusing on student success, employee development, workforce development, community engagement, and institutional enhancement.   For more information, visit www.wpcc.edu or provide feedback to the College by visiting www.wpcc.edu/feedback.


Atticus Simpson