On September 21st, over 60 guests attended the Career Advancement Academy’s (CAA) fifth Discover Healthcare Panel. Held every semester, the event is a component of CAA’s Allied Health program, which designed for students interested in exploring San Mateo Community College District’s healthcare programs, health pathways and careers in Healthcare. The Allied Health Student Panel – moderated by Paul Rueckhaus, Allied Health Faculty for the Career Advancement Academy – featured several former Career Advancement Academy students along with students from across the San Mateo County Community College District’s healthcare Programs.

Distinguished student guest panelists offered practical advice and key insights on program preparation and expectations, working in the health field and balancing life and family as a full-time allied health student in a rigorous program.

Cian Haley is a certified Emergency Medical Technician and is currently in the Fire Technology program at the College of San Mateo working towards his Associate’s Degree in Fire Technology. Chloe Tinio graduated from the College of San Mateo’s nursing program in May 2016, on track to receive her Bachelors of Nursing degree in the next year. Catheryn Hugo and Dimitry Pobyyvovk are current students in Skyline’s Surgical Technology program. Luke Lubag is a second year student in Skyline’s Respiratory Care program. Taylor and Johnathan Rodriguez, together, are first year students in the Dental Assisting program at College of San Mateo. And Dennis Martinez is a first year student in Cañada College’s Radiological Technology program sharing with the students his words of wisdom, “Give the world the best you have, and the best will come back to you”.

Our accomplished panelists helped current first semester CAA Allied Health students gain a deeper understanding of their next level allied health program and their future path in Healthcare. After the panel, the panelist and program staff were on hand to network with the student audience, answer questions and share additional insights.

Very special thanks to esteemed panelists, the CAA team and event supporters including: Paul Rueckhaus, Ray Hernandez, Alana Utsumi, Alice Erskine, Ijaz Ahmed, Judith Crawford, Courtney Mogg, Beth LaRochelle, Rafael Rivera and the many others who helped plan, organize and host this successful event.

Please click here to watch and hear the full panel: https://www.3cmediasolutions.org/files?i=8889&key=f65f195d275e4909cdae66c3d79f54cf59fbe128

To learn more about careers in Allied Health and the Allied Health Career Advancement Academy please visit our website or email skycaa@smccd.edu

Article by Jeremy Evangelista | Photo by Kevin Perez



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