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Gwinnett Tech students make the grade

Gwinnett Technical College students in health science and public safety and service programs continue to make the grade at the national level, posting nearly perfect results on a host of recent national exams.

The most recent high performers include students from the surgical technology, radiologic technology, veterinary technology, EMT and medical assisting programs. Graduates from each of these programs take a national exam specific to their field, posting exceptional pass rates:

· Surgical technology - 93 percent

· Radiologic technology - 100 percent

· Respiratory care - 100 percent

· Medical assisting - 100 percent

· Veterinary technology - 100 percent

· Firefighting/EMT - 100 percent

· Paramedic technology - 100 percent

"Gwinnett Tech students continue to post impressive results on the national certification exams for their fields," said Jan McClure, Gwinnett Tech's health sciences division director. "We couldn't be prouder of their commitment to their education and career, and we remain dedicated to our role in preparing them for these career milestones."

Other notable results from these programs include:

· Gwinnett Tech's surgical technology program, which had a 100 percent participation rate on the national certification test, ranks among the top 20 of the 435 accredited surgical technology programs in the country, a status earned by student scores on the most recent Program Assessment Exam.

· The college's veterinary technology program has had a 100 percent pass rate on the Veterinary Technician National Examination since the first class of graduates sat for the exam in 1999.

· In the medical assisting program, both December and June graduates earned a 100 percent pass rate for the national certification exam offered by the Certifying Board of the American Association of Medical Assistants, far exceeding the national pass rate for the exam.

· Gwinnett Tech students' 100 percent pass rate on the National Registry of EMT (Intermediate) exam far exceeds the national first-time pass rate of 70 percent. Students taking this exam were part of the Gwinnett County Fire Department training program.

Nesbit teacher

recognized by national educator association

A Gwinnett County Public Schools teacher known for her mentoring, cooperative spirit and leadership skills at Nesbit Elementary has been selected for the 2008-09 Distinguished Clinician in Teacher Education Award.

Cassandra Matthews, a teacher mentor at Nesbit Elementary, is the recipient of the annual award sponsored by the Georgia Unit of the Association of Teacher Educators. The recognition honors school-based educators who excel in teaching and mentoring.

Part of the Nesbit Elementary team for seven years, Matthews is described by the Nesbit Elementary administrative team as someone that can be found assisting teachers by modeling effective teaching strategies and helping them implement effective classroom management techniques. Matthews also uses her coaching and leadership skills to assist and make recommendations.

The Nesbit Elementary Teacher of the Year in 2004, Matthews was honored Thursday by the Georgia Association of Teacher Educators at an awards luncheon at the Clarion Hotel-Atlanta Airport in College Park.

Heather Darenberg writes about education. Good News From Schools appears in the Sunday edition of the Gwinnett Daily Post. For more good news, visit www.gwinnettdailypost

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