Members of the Medical Assistant Education Advisory Committee at Glen Oaks Community College met September 22 to thank Dr. Wilson Sawa, OB/GYN at Michiana Women’s Center, Sturgis Hospital with an Honorarium for his continued work with the organization. The Honorarium was presented to Megan Hyska , a Medical Assistant on Dr. Sawa’s staff, after the doctor could not attend due to an expectant patient. Shown presenting the award to Megan Hyska is Brenda Luczek, Medical Assistant Program Chair and Allied Health Instructor. Looking on are (left to right) Marlene Livingston, Allied Health Instructor, Cindy Miller, MA Externship Coordinator, and Julie Ianni, MA Instructor and Executive Assistant, Sally Sterling, MA, Goshen Hospital, Karen Ganger, Interim Director of Nursing, Alissa Sheftic, Specialist, Institutional Research and Effectiveness at Glen Oaks, and Heidi Alexander, Laboratory Manager, Three Rivers Health. The award to Dr. Sawa was a thank you from the college for his continued advice and direction for the college’s Medical Assistant education program. The advisory committee meeting included updates from Brenda Luczek about new opportunities for Certified Medical Assistants (CMA) in Patient-Centered Primary Care employed today, a report that 100 percent of 2010 medical assistant GOCC graduates are employed or continuing their education, nearly two dozen students are currently in the MA program, and four area hospitals are MA program externship sites. The Medical Assistant Club is very active, including providing free blood pressure examinations to visitors at the Community Action Fair/Project Connect, October 6, on the Glen Oaks Community College Concourse. Alissa Sheftic informed the committee about Achieving The Dream. Glen Oaks Community College is one of 26 community colleges recently joining the nationwide grant-funded program aimed at promoting student success and institutional improvement. “Glen Oaks has made a two-year initial commitment to focus its efforts on closing performance gaps among student sub-groups, including students of color and low-income students,” said Sheftic.