HCC med student awarded scholarship
CLYDE — The Haywood County Chapter of Medical Assistants awarded its annual scholarship to Joy Willis, a second-year medical assisting student at Haywood Community College. After working for over 20 years in the health care field, Willis returned to school to advance her career and better provide for her family.
“I have worked very hard to be successful in the medical assisting program,” Willis said. “I am flattered and honored that I was selected for this scholarship. I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the Haywood County Chapter of Medical Assistants.”
According to Willis, the HCC Medical Assisting program is designed in a way that students are able to apply the skills they learn hands-on.
“By actually doing what we are taught, I am able to develop my own technique for tasks such as drawing blood. The instructors know what they are doing and have the experience to back it up. I feel ready to be on the job day one after graduation.”
Willis has worked for years as a certified nurse aide in both nursing homes and long-term facilities, as well as private and in-home care.
“Being a CNA is a very hard and admirable profession. They often provide care after a debilitating illness. As a medical assistant, I want to be involved with patients for preventative care. I want to help educate them and make a difference while offering compassion.”
As a mom to both a toddler and a teenager, Willis says coming to school has been a juggling act.
"I learned how to manage my time. It’s worth it to be an example to my kids. I want them to focus on being academically successful. Through me, I hope they learn to never stop learning or lose sight of their goals.”
Willis is grateful for the support she has received from both her family and her instructors.
“At HCC, I feel like I am a person, not just a number. I am able to have one-on-one conversations with my instructors. They make sure I am successful with personalized attention and support.”
Willis enjoys gardening, reading, crafts and baking.
For more information about HCC’s medical assisting program, please call 828-627-4658 or visit haywood.edu.
Haywood Community College (HCC) is part of the North Carolina Community College System and is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges & Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC). Founded in 1965, it is an open-door institution with the mission to provide accessible and affordable high-quality education, workforce training and lifelong learning. This includes programs for Haywood County high school students through Career and College Promise and Haywood Early College. The college campus, a designated arboretum, boasts one of the most beautiful college campuses in the state with an iconic mill pond, productive greenhouses, a dahlia garden, an orchard garden, working vegetable gardens and a rhododendron garden.