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HCTC success story: Terri Gibson

Terri Gibson is a Surgical Technologist at Hazard ARH after graduating from HCTC s first new Surgical Technology Program. Ms. Gibson has embarked on a new career which fulfils the need in the region.

Ms. Gibson s Associate in Applied Science degree was her goal after being a cosmetologist for 10 years. I have always wanted to work in the medical field! I am a very caring and compassionate person, and I have always enjoyed helping others, she said.

I was very excited when I first learned that HCTC would offer this new program. I am proud to now have a college degree and a good job that has many fulfilling rewards.

Following the May 2010 graduation was an especially happy time for Terri Gibson, knowing she had taken the right step to provide for child and for herself. I know now I can raise my son and not have to worry. I can give him the things he has always deserved.

I would recommend HCTC to others. I enjoyed my time there and felt that Joanna Martin did a great job teaching in the Surgical Technology program.

Professor Martin noted, Terri was an excellent student. She strived to do great in both her classes and clinical courses. Terri s hard work and dedication allowed her to complete the program and join Hazard ARH as a new surgical technologist.

Ms. Martin noted that all of the graduates from the first class are employed.

The first class was very exciting for both the students and myself. This first group was a great class to have and I will also remember them for making my first year here at HCTC a great year. I am very proud of each and every graduating student for their hard work and commitment to this program. Now each of the graduates can stand proud for achieving a great milestone in their life. I wish them all the best in their new careers for a great future.

The surgical technology program so far has attracted a great interest from our students. Our local hospitals always need well-trained surgical technologist and I hope to be able to provide them for many years to come, noted Mrs. Martin.

The next class begins in August 2011. Those interested should attend a pre-admission conference. The next two will be Thursday, January 13, 2 p.m. at the Knott County Branch of HCTC, Second Floor Room 216A and Friday January 28, 2011 at 11 a.m. in the Bailey Stumbo Building, Second Floor Room 225.

For more information, contact JoAnna Martin at 487-3166.