LCTI celebrates Emerging Health Professionals program grads

Lehigh Career & Technical Institute on Tuesday celebrated seniors who completed the Emerging Health Professionals program.

SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. | Lehigh Career & Technical Institute during a ceremony on Tuesday celebrated students who completed the school’s Emerging Health Professionals program.

Forty-nine seniors from nine Lehigh County high schools wrapped up the prestigious year-long program this May. The program exposes students to career and technical education and allows them to shadow health care professionals while they earn credits from either Lehigh Carbon Community College or Penn State Lehigh Valley. LCTI partners with Lehigh Valley Health Network, Country Meadows Retirement Communities and St. Luke’s University Health Network to provide students with clinical training opportunities.

During the ceremony at LCCC’s Community Services Center, Gregory Kunkle, a 2011 Emerging Health Professionals graduate who is now a first-year medical student, spoke about how the program prepared him for success at Drexel University College of Medicine. Three members of the Class of 2017 — Casey Repsher, Carly Smith and Mark Stenske — shared their experiences, as well.

This year’s program graduates are Noelle Allan, Adrian Anatalio, Sydney Andreus, Amber Artim, Katherine Batten, Gavin Bauer, Willow Bystrom, Hannah Checkeye, Madayln Dorn, Jennifer Espinoza, Ben Fenstermaker, Cassidy Grather, Emma Hanssen, Allyssa Heurich, Katelyn Hughes, Calvin Hurst, Karli Hutter, Miraj Kadhiwala, Ryan Lichtenwalner, Ryan Luybli, Monica Mankos, Jaida Marks, Taylor Marouchoc, Pamela Matias, Michael Miller, Jackie Ni, Samantha Quilty, MacKenzie Rabert, Casey Repsher, Hannah Rice, Caitlin Roth, Jaclyn Santo, Kyle Sayre, Eric Schenkenberger, Samantha Schrader, Sarah Sejour, Andrew Seyler, Lauren Shaibley, Kiera Shellhammer, Zuhair Siddiqui, Carly Smith, Andrea Snyder, Amanda Steckroth, Alicia Stein, Mark Stenske, Calista Trotter, Lindsay Urland, Calista View and Brooke Wehr.

Nearly 88 percent of the 2017 seniors scored at the advanced level on the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute (NOCTI) exam, earning a Pennsylvania Skills Certificate. Program instructors Donna Pavlovic and Kristin Applegate presented each senior with a certificate of completion, and singled out their top students for the following awards:

  • Outstanding Career & Technical Education Senior Award: Mark Stenske & Lindsay Urland
  • Outstanding Leadership Award: Katherine Batten & Kyle Sayre
  • Technical Excellence Award: Eric Schenkenberger & Emma Hanssen
  • Academic Excellence Award: Hannah Rice & Taylor Marouchoc

Country Meadows Retirement Communities Training & Development Coordinator Victoria Vetter presented PENN HOSA Foundation Scholarships worth a combined $16,000 to the following seniors:

  • Benjamin Fenstermaker – $3,000
  • Emma Hanssen – $2,500
  • Lindsay Urland – $2,500
  • Carly Smith – $2,500
  • Pamela Matias – $2,500
  • Jaida Marks – $1,500
  • Taylor Marouchoc – $1,500

Also on hand for the event were LCTI Executive Director Tim Rushton and Career & Technical Education Director Kurt Adam, LCCC President Ann Bieber and Penn State Lehigh Valley Director of Admissions Michael Damweber.

Learn more about how the Emerging Health Professionals program prepares LCTI students for successful careers and lifelong learning.

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