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28 March 2017

New Medical Assisting Certificate at HACC’s Gettysburg Campus, Honors Exhibits Feature Student Art

Current news from HACC, March 28, 2017


HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, shares recent news as well as upcoming events available to the community.

  • HACC’s Gettysburg Campus Meets Growing Demand for Medical Assistants
  • Artwork by HACC Students Featured in Honors Exhibits
HACC’s Gettysburg Campus Meets Growing Demand for Medical Assistants
Grand opening scheduled for April 6 for Medical Assisting Certificate Program
GETTYSBURG, Pa. - With a growing demand for medical assistants in Central Pennsylvania, the Gettysburg Campus of HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, has expanded its offerings to include Medical Assisting Certificate.
On April 6, 2017, HACC’s Gettysburg Campus invites the public to join a grand opening celebration. From 5:30-7 p.m., the public can:

  • Enjoy a ribbon cutting in partnership with the Gettysburg-Adams Chamber of Commerce and light refreshments.
  • Hear details about the program from campus and certificate program leaders, community healthcare partners, alumni and current students.
  • Watch student demonstrations that include checking vital signs, carrying out simple lab tests and performing intradermal, intramuscular and subcutaneous injections on demo injection pads.
  • Attend an information session to learn about enrolling into the Medical Assisting Certificate Program and obtaining financial aid.

Among the presenters are:
  • Shannon Harvey, vice president of HACC’s Gettysburg Campus
  • Joel Bacon, associate professor and director of HACC’s Medical Assisting Program
  • Tammy Newcomer, director of learning solutions and workforce development at WellSpan Health
  • Stacy Orndorff, physician office clinician at WellSpan Internal Medicine - V-Twin Drive, alumna of HACC’s Medical Assisting Certificate Program
  • Dena Lawyer, physician office clinician at WellSpan Family Medicine - Littlestown, alumna of HACC’s Medical Assisting Certificate Program
  • Alexandra Nunez, student in HACC’s Medical Assisting Certificate Program

“The growing demand for medical assistants prompted HACC to expand its Medical Assisting Certificate Program to HACC's Gettysburg Campus in 2016. The shortage of medical assistants in south-central Pennsylvania is significant, with hundreds of unfilled positions. The projected growth rate for medical assistants over the next five years is 23 percent compared to the growth rate of 7 percent for all other occupations,” said Shannon Harvey, vice president of HACC’s Gettysburg Campus. “In less than six months, we were able to respond to this need and develop the program.”
Students can complete the program at HACC’s Gettysburg Campus in less than one year. The 37-credit program offers students the foundational skills in medical office administration and clinical patient care that is required for practicing in the field. Additionally, students learn the legal and ethical principles governing medical practice, and they are prepared to take the national Certified Medical Assisting exam.
“In launching the program, community support was critical, because students need shadowing and externship opportunities. Gettysburg Family Practice responded by providing shadowing experiences for students during our fall 2016 term. We are grateful for their support and the support of our community organizations,” said Harvey.
The program opened in August 2016 and was accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education based upon the recommendation of the Medical Assisting Education Review Board in February 2017.
The application deadline is May 31 for fall 2017 classes, which begin the week of Aug. 28.
Please contact Judy Alder at  or 717-339-3557 by April 3, 2017, to RSVP for the event. HACC’s Gettysburg Campus is located at 731 Old Harrisburg Road in Gettysburg.
Artwork by HACC Students Featured in Honors Exhibits

HARRISBURG, Pa. – Art students at HACC, Central Pennsylvania’s Community College, will display their best work in two shows at the Rose Lehrman Art Gallery on HACC’s Harrisburg Campus in April and May.
The first show from April 6-20, 2017, will feature student works of photography, computer art, digital photo imaging, three-dimensional and two-dimensional design, illustration and printmaking. The show will conclude with a reception for the artists on April 20 from 5:30-7 p.m.
From April 26 through May 10, the gallery will feature graphic design, drawing, painting, glass, ceramics and jewelry work from HACC students. A reception for the artists will be held on May 4 from 5:30-7 p.m.
Students submitted 400 works for consideration. Art faculty juried the submissions and selected the best works for each section of the honors exhibit. Awards will be presented during both receptions.
All gallery events are free and open to the public. Gallery hours are 11 a.m.-3 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays, or by appointment.
More than 250 students at HACC currently major in art. The College offers courses in traditional media such as painting, drawing, photography and ceramics. Other courses include glass blowing, jewelry and typography.
For more information about the exhibits, please contact Shawn Williams at 717-780-2478 or

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