Occupational therapy assistant students participate in pinning and awards ceremony

Wor-Wic Community College graduated 10 occupational therapy assistant students in May. The department held an awards and recognition ceremony to signal completion of the occupational therapy assistant program and an official invitation into the profession.
Chelsea Hale of Ocean City was the student speaker, and Stuart Gibbs, fieldwork coordinator and instructor of the occupational therapy assistant program, delivered the keynote address. Pins were bestowed on the graduates by Dr. Dawnn Thomas, department head and associate professor of the occupational therapy assistant program.
Along with Hale, the graduates included Emily Atkins of Crisfield, La’Toya Handy of Laurel, Del., Regina Harr of Pittsville, Heather Lowe of Hurlock, Cassie Messler of Cambridge, Heather Moon and Meredith Myrer of Salisbury, Emily Pride of Greenbackville, Va., and Alyssa Weldon of Parsonsburg.
The students were recognized for their accomplishments during their time in the program, including visits to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center and the American Occupational Therapy Association headquarters, contributing to the 10-year reaccreditation of the occupational therapy assistant program and building a wheelchair access ramp at a home in collaboration with Chesapeake Housing Mission.