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Internships Offer Real Skills Application for MCTC Business Students

Morehead, Kentucky (December 2, 2011). Business students completing their final semester at the Rowan Campus of Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC) are doing more than buying a cap and gown for graduation. Students from the Office Systems Technology (OST) and Medical Information Technology (MIT) programs are completing internships with real business and medical offices.

Crystal Greenhill, an OST student from Jeffersonville, completed her internship with the Morehead-Rowan County Chamber of Commerce.

My expectations before starting my internship were that I would get a lot of useful experience from working there, which would help me out in the long run with getting a job, said Greenhill. My supervisor was very nice through the whole process of training me. Once she showed me how to do things I could do them on my own. So I guess you could say that my communication skills have improved as far as listening better.

This was the first time Tracy Williams, executive director of the Chamber, had appointed an MCTC intern.

We dreaded losing her, said Williams of Greenhills position. She did whatever we asked of her and was not afraid to ask questions, although she had very few. We are hoping that Crystal can train our next intern. That person will have big shoes to fill though. Crystal has done an excellent job.

Williams also took the opportunity to introduce Greenhill to Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) President Michael McCall during the Chamber luncheon on November 3. President McCall spoke with area business leaders about KCTCSs initiative of creating a new campus for MCTCs existing Rowan Campus.

Amy Tackett, an OST student from Hillsboro, has put her skills to use this semester while interning with Morehead State Universitys Office of Counseling and Health Services.

She became a part of the team almost immediately, said Director of Counseling and Health Services Dr. Brenda Wilburn. She was prepared and very willing to do any task that was asked of her. We were extremely impressed with her work ethic and attitude.

This experience would not have been possible without Dr. Wilburn and the staffs acceptance of interns, said Tackett. I feel confident that I can not only perform duties through mock experience but I can perform actual on the job duties. Confidence is a great benefit not only for myself, but also for my future employer.

MCTC Professor and Internship Coordinator Melissa Carroll highlighted the important role these internships play in the future careers of OST and MIT students.

Our internship program is the pinnacle of our students training that gives them the chance to use the skills they have acquired in the classroom in a real-world setting, said Carroll. It is a chance to prove their qualifications and to show how they can perform. Employers see our interns as prospective employees and many of our interns have continued working with the same companies full time.

Regina Ferrell, a Bath County resident enrolled in MCTCs Medical Information Technology program, completed her internship with St. Claire Counseling.
I started out searching last summer for an internship, said Ferrell. This was my first experience in an office and St. Claire Counseling was very enthusiastic about me joining them this semester. I did everything from confirming appointments, calling insurance companies, and pulling charts to searching for appointment openings for patients on a waiting list. I am now volunteering in the same office even though my internship is over to gain more experience.

Regina came to her internship with the beginning skills she needed to become part of our team, said Julia Neill, clinical services coordinator for St. Claire Counseling. She was very professional in her interactions with staff and patients and was an asset to our office. She came prepared to work and easily picked up tasks assigned to her. It was a pleasure to have her in our office.

For information about the OST and MIT programs at MCTC contact Melissa Carroll at 606-783-1538 extension 66333. You can also contact Debra Morris, MCTC associate professor, at extension 66316.