Rad Tech Program Graduates Eight in STC Class of 2014
May 6, 2014 - Eight students became radiologic technologists on Thursday, May 1, at the conclusion of the Southeastern Technical College Radiologic Technology pinning ceremony in the Vidalia campus’s Tattnall Auditorium.
Madison Beasley of Lyons, Rebekah Davis of Lumber City, Taylor Joyner of Glennville, LaShanda Roundtree of Vidalia, Christopher Waters of Swainsboro, Dylan Wilkes of Lyons, Kayla Williams of Hazlehurst and Sharon Wyche of Vidalia graduated from STC with a degree in radiologic technology, completing a program that took two years on- and off-campus.
“The graduates here have completed more than 30 credit hours of academic instruction and over 1500 hours of clinical education time,” said Kerry Dunn, radiologic technology program director. “Additionally, they have completed 52 clinical competency exams and performed and participated in about one quarter of the total exams performed at each of our clinical education affiliates.”
The guest speaker for the event was Melissa Bass, a radiologic technologist at Appling HealthCare System (AHCS) in Baxley. AHCS was one of the many clinical education affiliates at which the students honed their skills.
“I want everyone to know how proud I and everyone at Appling HealthCare System are of these graduates tonight,” said Bass. “The graduates have faced [many] challenges. Somewhere along the way, they transformed from students to technologists, so yes, tonight I’m very proud of each and every one of them, and I’m grateful I was a small part in their education.”
The students paid back that part of their education by giving awards to several departments and employees with whom they studied before receiving awards of their own.
The award for Most Outstanding Student Technologist, voted on by the program’s clinical education affiliates, went to Christopher Waters. The Academic Achievement Award of Excellence went to Taylor Joyner, who had the highest GPA in the program.
“It’s been a privilege to work with these students for the past two years,” said Erin Giddens, radiologic technology clinical coordinator. “They all deserve an award because they are all wonderful.”
Joyner spoke after receiving her award and reflected on the journey the class had taken to reach this point, which brought new experiences, personal growth and self-discovery.
“There is not one thing I’d change about my time in this program,” said Joyner. “I not only learned how to be a radiologic technologist but the true meaning of being a health care worker. Little did I know that through becoming a radiologic technologist, I would find myself.”
For more information on radiologic technology, visit www.southeasterntech.edu or call 912-538-3100 or 478-289-2200.