On May 10, the Medical Education Campus of Northern Virginia Community College hosted its annual Allied Health pinning and recognition ceremony to honor spring graduates who successfully completed any of the ten health-related programs at NOVA.
The Allied Health pinning ceremony was held at the Richard J. Ernst Community Cultural Center at the Annandale Campus. A total of 183 graduates were honored. NOVA’s Allied Health programs include: dental hygiene, diagnostic medical sonography, emergency medical services, health information management, medical laboratory technology, occupational therapy assistant, physical therapist assistant, radiography, respiratory therapy and certification in dental assisting.
Secretary of the Fairfax County Electoral Board Katherine K. Hanley delivered a personal message to graduates by sharing her gratitude for healthcare professionals and statistical data on the recent high demand for healthcare professionals. Hanley emphasized the healthcare industry makes up 80 percent of the American economy.
“You have chosen fields in an opportune time. Allied health professionals represent 60 percent of the entire healthcare workforce,” Hanley said. “As you work in your chosen fields, don’t forget the reasons you do it – to care, comfort, reassure and contribute to the well-being of others. Bring your enthusiasm and passion to your patients. With the rapid changes in healthcare, you will always learn more and mentor those who come after you. On behalf of all of your patients, both present and future, congratulations and thank you for what you are about to do.”
With over 91,000 healthcare jobs in the Northern Virginia area, NOVA President Dr. Scott Ralls informed graduates that in the next 10 years a projected increase of 27,000 jobs in healthcare will be created within the region.
“Just this past year, there were 19,934 healthcare vacancies in our region,” said Ralls. “I want to thank you for choosing our allied healthcare programs and taking on these very important professions. It has been such a privilege and honor to have had you as NOVA students, and we are excited to watch you go out into the world to make a real difference.”
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Northern Virginia Community College is the largest institution of higher education in the Commonwealth of Virginia and one of America's largest community colleges. NOVA enrolls more than 75,000 students at its six campuses in Alexandria, Annandale, Loudoun, Manassas, Springfield and Woodbridge, and through the Extended Learning Institute. For more information about NOVA and its programs or services, call 703-323-3000 or visit the College's Web site, www.nvcc.edu.