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MCCC Health Professions Students Hone Interpersonal Skills During Informational Interview Day

8/7/18


Walter Dickerson, of Patient First Human Resources, meets with Med Lab Tech alumna Xochilt Williams.

From left, MCCC's Deborah Greer, clinical coordinator for Radiography; Lisa Shave, coordinator for Medical Lab Technology; Walter Dickerson, recruiter with Patient First Human Resources, and Andrew Millin, coordinator for Medical Office Assistant .

West Windsor, N.J. – Students studying in the Health Professions division at Mercer County Community College (MCCC) had an opportunity to hone their interview skills in preparation for the job market. Seven students participated in the division’s inaugural Informational Interview Day on July 23.

Students met one-on-one with Walter Dickerson, the recruiting coordinator for Patient First Human Resources. Each session lasted approximately 30 minutes.

Planning for the event was led by Andrew Millin, Coordinator of MCCC’s Medical Office Assistant program, with the support of Lisa Shave, Medical Laboratory Technology Coordinator, Sandra Kerr, Radiography Coordinator, Deborah Greer, Radiography Clinical Coordinator, Dr. Robert Schreyer, Assistant Vice President for Academic Operations, and Letrice Thomas, Career Services Coordinator.

Millin notes that the informational interviews were valuable in several ways. “Students were able to practice interviewing in a relaxed environment, and absorb job search and on-the-job related perspectives,” he said. “Research shows that informational interviews can improve career advancement and job offer prospects."

Dickerson said his time at the college was well spent.  "I was very impressed by your students, and I predict that a few of them will become Patient First employees,” he told Millin. “I look forward to a great relationship with Mercer County Community College."

Millin was equally gratified by the outcome. “Considering the success of this event, we are planning to do more of these in the future. It’s such a positive and valuable experience for our students.”

The Health Professions division offers ten degree and certificate programs. A.S. programs designed for transfer include Exercise Science and Public Health; career programs with licensure include Nursing (A.S.), Radiography (A.A.S.), Medical Lab Technology (A.A.S.), Occupational Therapy Assistant (A.A.S.), Physical Therapist Assistant (A.A.S.) and Respiratory Care (A.A.S.). Additional programs include Health Science and Medical Office Assistant.

Millin and Shave also had a busy month in June. Health Professions Success Coach Nichol Killian, Shave, and Millin presented at the 2018 New Jersey Drive-In, a one-day conference of the National Academic Advising Association (NACADA). Held at Rowan College at Burlington County, the conference's theme was the Global Community for Academic Advising. In their presentation, entitled “Modern College: Highlighting Partnerships from the MCCC Health Professions Division,” they discusssed steps the division is taking to ensure student success and expand innovative partnerships.

Millin, a member of NACADA since 2016, was elected this past spring to serve as the site selection coordinator for the NACADA Region 2 Steering Committee. He also serves on steering committees for two NACADA advising communities: Faculty Advising and Advisor Training and Development. This year, he presented at the Eastern Pennsylvania Drive-In and Region 2 Conference, and was accepted to present at the 2018 Annual Conference in Phoenix.

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