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Care technicians offered grants

JOHNSTOWN — The Pennsylvania Highlands Community College Foundation and UPMC Altoona Foundation have partnered to offer grants to patient care technician students enrolling in the spring 2022 semester totaling $5,000.

To be eligible for this grant, students must have:

n Completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

n Be enrolled in the Patient Care Technician Certificate program.

n Preference is given to Blair County residents or students attending the Blair Center.

“I want to thank the UPMC Altoona Foundation for supporting our patient care technician students,” said Chris Farrell, director of the Penn Highlands Community College Blair Center. “This certificate is an excellent way for someone to get established in the healthcare field. It is a four-month program that is packed with essential training, including basic patient care, phlebotomy, infectious disease control and many other skills currently in demand.”

To qualify for the grant, students need to register for the spring 2022 semester and enroll in the patient care technician program. Priority will be given to students that exhibit financial need as indicated by their completed FAFSA and any remaining tuition and fees balance.

For more information on grant eligibility, contact the Penn Highlands Community College Blair Center at 814-201-2700 or blair@pennhighlands.edu. Enrollment for the spring emester is currently underway.

Student represents at fashion event

NEWTON, Mass. — Students and alumni from the Lasell University School of Fashion retail and merchandising program joined industry professionals as both buyers and brand interns at COTERIE New York.

The fashion showcase, described as the “premier women’s apparel, footwear and accessories platform,” hosted more than 500 brands from Sept. 19 to 21 at the convention center.

Hannah Meyers, an alumni representative from Lasell University’s School of Fashion, traveled to Coterie NYC as an intern for the Susan Bonomo & Co. showroom.

Meyers is a resident of Bedford.

Students traveling on behalf of studio1851, the University’s student-run boutique, met with brands to explore upcoming trends while also sourcing new merchandise for the store.

The team, along with Assistant Professor of Fashion Kristin Kinsky (who advises studio1851), sought to procure items that aligned with the shop’s mission of supporting minority and women-owned ventures, small businesses or cause-based companies, and those that have committed to sustainable practices.

In addition to this year’s cohort of buyers, another group of Lasell students (and two alumni) were recruited as interns by the Susan Bonomo & Co. showroom at Coterie to take part on the selling side. Those working for Susan Bonomo & Co. helped to set up the booths and then work the sales floor during live hours. They worked directly with buyers, completed order forms and memorized the garments’ availability, sizing, color selection and prices.

Student named resident assistant

READING — Emily Lenkevich of Houtzdale has been named a lead resident assistant for Krause Hall at Albright College.

A graduate of Moshannon Valley Junior Senior High School, Lenkevich is studying environmental science at Albright.

Taking on a highly responsible position, resident assistants lead and support the development of each individual in Albright’s residence halls and apartments.

RAs develop positive personal relationships with residents, collaborate with campus offices, empower residents to effectively interact with classmates and uphold Albright community standards.

RAs for Crowell, Krause and Walton Halls are tasked with helping first-year students transition into college life, while RAs for Smith, Mohn, Rockland and North Halls as well as Affinity Housing, Albright Court and Albright Woods work among established, upplerclass student communities.

All Albright Residential Life staff are highly trained in safety and community building, as well as campus resources, programming and policies.

Student volunteers in community

SCRANTON — Mira Patel of Duncansville, along with seven other medical students at Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine, volunteered during Scranton School District’s Fire Prevention Month Fair in October.

The Scranton School District invited students of GCSOM to create a table on Family Health and Wellness at the fair. GCSOM students created a Wellness Wheel game, which encouraged kids and their families to exercise in order to have a chance at winning one of two baskets containing GCSOM backpacks, T-shirts, footballs, soccer balls, yoga mats and jump ropes. GCSOM students also distributed healthy, pre-packaged, nonperishable food and educational resources on stretching, sleep and the importance of taking prescribed medications.

In addition, Patel, along with 11 other Geisinger Commonwealth School of Medicine MD students, participated in a Sept. 11 Day of Service designed to inspire future heroes.

During the day of service, the 12 GCSOM students delivered a presentation on what it means to be a hero to third- and fourth-grade students at three Scranton elementary schools: Adams, Armstrong and Francis Willard. The goal of the talks was to encourage the children to reflect on the meaning of the word “hero” and to inspire them to believe that they are heroes capable of making great contributions to their communities.

In October, Patel was elected by her peers to serve as medical student representative on the Women Physician Section for the Pennsylvania Medical Society. She will serve in the role for one year.

The Women Physicians Section was created by the PAMED House of Delegates in October 2018 to encourage women physicians to participate in leadership, policymaking, advocacy and other activities of PAMED.

“I was honored to be elected medical student representative,” Patel said. “This year, my goals are to learn about the importance of the role of physicians in policymaking, as well as to advocate for female physicians, especially underrepresented women of color, in positions of leadership.”


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