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WCA School of Radiologic Technology Marks 45th Commencement

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From Left: Cecil M. Miller III, WCA Hospital Vice President of Support Services; Christina Slojkowski, MSRT (R) School of Radiologic Technology Program Director; 2014 radiologic technology graduates, Kacie Peterson, Kyle Ingraham, Aleesha Milks (JRCERT Certificate of Excellence recipient); Zachary Fellows, Hannah Eklund, Cole Burke (Murray S. Marsh award recipient); Amanda Bender, RT (R), WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology Clinical Instructor; Steve Kilburn, Chair, WCA Hospital Board of Directors.

Jamestown, New York (Thursday, June 12, 2014)—Six students received their certificates and graduations pins during the 45th commencement exercise of the WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology.  The evening proved to be an exceptional graduation night for the Class of 2014 as the graduates were given accolades from parents, friends, school faculty, and hospital leadership for their milestone achievement.

Board-certified Radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital, Dalton Ashby, M.D., gave the commencement address.

Members of the graduating class are: Cole W. Burke, Russell, Pennsylvania; Hannah M. Eklund, Frewsburg, New York; Zachary W. Fellows, Jamestown, New York, Kyle D. Ingraham, South Wales, New York; Allesha E. Milks, Frewsburg, New York; and Kacie E. Peterson, Lakewood, New York, received their certificates and join the 198 graduates in the school’s history to celebrate the conclusion of two years of study and clinical rotations.

The Murray S. Marsh Outstanding Student Award was presented by Brian Meagher, MD, board-certified radiologist on staff at WCA Hospital, W.C.A. Foundation, Inc., Vice Chair, and awarded to Cole W. Burke.

The Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology Accreditation for Academic Excellence was presented by Tammara L.C. Hodges, Director of Imaging Services at WCA, and awarded to Aleesha E. Milks.

As part of the celebratory ceremony, Class of 2014 Graduates, Hannah, Kyle, and Kacie, shared a composite of inspiring memories from their school experience over the last two years and extended appreciation and thanks to school and hospital leadership for their guidance. 

Dr. Dalton Ashby, who delivered the commencement address, shared his personal life-learning experiences with the graduates and left them with parting words of wit and advice.  “As you leave here tonight, remember—always raise the bar and do not settle for mediocrity,” said Dr. Ashby.  “Use your whole brain. And lastly, don’t cry when you don’t win.”

Steve Kilburn, WCA Hospital Board of Director’s newly appointed Chair, and Amanda Bender, also a graduate of the school, Class of 2002, presented the student certificates and class pins.

Classroom faculty for the Class of 2014 were:  Program Director, Christina Slojkowski; Clinical Instructors, Amanda Bender, Dawn Calimeri, Kristin Borzilleri, Virginia Shafer, Jeremy Carmen, Scott Johnson, and Ann Payne.  Instructors for the Class of 2014, Robert Storms and Gail Borst.  Director of Imaging Services at WCA Hospital, Tammara L.C. Hodges.

The WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology is a full-time, 24-month, hospital-based program. All didactic and clinical courses are provided on the hospital grounds.  With its small class size and faculty / staff, student ratio, the program is able to provide individual attention with an emphasis on clinical experience. Upon completion of the program, the student receives a certificate of completion and is eligible to take the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists (ARRT) exam as well as eligibility for New York State licensure.

Opportunities for career advancement are excellent following the required 2-year basic education. The graduate Radiographer can further his / her career through continuing education and experience. Areas of specialization include: Nuclear Medicine, Special Procedures, Ultrasonography, Computerized Tomography, Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI), Radiation Therapy and Mammography. 

To apply to the WCA Hospital School of Radiologic Technology, log onto or call Christina Slojkowski at (716) 664-8366.

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