Allied Health PanelOn Thursday, February 18, 30 guests attended the Career Advancement Academy’s (CAA) second ever Allied Health Panel.  The event, held in Skyline College’s multicultural center, featured several former Career Advancement Academy students along with other students from across the San Mateo County Community College District’s Health Programs. The panel included student representatives from Respiratory Care, Emergency Medical Technology, Nursing, Dental Assisting, and Radiologic Technology as well as program directors from Surgical Careers, Emergency Medical Technology, and Dental Assisting.

Alfredo Raxon and Alyssa Waters, former Skyline College Career Advancement Academy Allied Health students, are currently working in their respective Allied Health fields and pursuing additional education. Alfredo is a licensed practicing EMT completing his prerequisites for transfer at Skyline College and Alyssa is currently in the Respiratory Care program at Skyline College. Our other exceptional panelists included: Jessica Nastor, Respiratory Care, Ashley King, Radiologic Technology, Diana Correa, Dental Assisting, and Matthew Hodges, a former Skyline College student who is currently enrolled in the College of San Mateo’s Nursing Program. The guest panelists offered practical advice and key insights on program preparation and expectation, working in the health field, and balancing life and family as a full-time allied health student in a rigorous program. As a result, current CAA Allied Health students will gain a deeper understanding of their next level allied health program and their pathway into an allied health career.

This event was made possible by Skyline College’s support for innovative events and programming and by the hard work and dedication of the CAA team including: Jeremy Evangelista, Monique Hernandez, Troy Barros, Paul Rueckhaus, Courtney Mogg, Alina Varona, Alice Erskine, Judith Crawford, Ray Hernandez, Beth LaRochelle, Rafael Rivera, and the many others who helped plan, organize, and support the event.

The event received generous support from The Center for Workforce Development’s Career Advancement Academy. To learn more about careers in Allied Health and the Allied Health Career Advancement Academy please visit:  or email

Article by Alina Varona | Photos by Jeremy Evangelista