Medical Assisting student, Thresea Gilchrist, is the current president of Ohio Valley College of Technology’s Student Government Association. She is a true leader on campus, going above and beyond to help her classmates, serve her community, and make the college going experience special for all students. She has lead fundraisers to aid students in need, created special events, and fostered a student environment of support and kindness.
Prior to attending OVCT, Thresea completed a semester at Jefferson Community College and was working as a customer resource coordinator for Change Inc. She possesses significant experience as a care aid and has always had a passion for serving and helping others. She heard about Ohio Valley College of Technology through her co-worker, Lavern Landess, who had recently attended OVCT and graduated from the Medical Assisting program.
After learning about Lavern’s training and speaking with admissions, Thresea was interested in earning her nationally recognized certification as a Certified Medical Assistant to add to her experience as a trained clinical assistant. She liked that the medical assisting program is an associate degree program but also provides the training and opportunity to become certified.
When asked what her favorite part of OVCT is, Thresea stated that she loves the small class sizes, that classes work on a six-week module schedule, the caring faculty and staff, and most importantly, the family she has gained through classmates and instructors. When asked who her favorite teacher is, she says that “all the teachers I have had have been my favorite. They are professional, funny, and really truly care and are willing to go above and beyond to help you succeed.”
Upon graduation, Thresea hopes to work as a medical assistant at Womens’ Health or as a school-based health center. Five years from now she envisions herself finding great success in her career and continued job in her personal life.
When asked if she would refer OVCT to a friend, she said, “Absolutely! I am 58 years old and if I can do it, they can also. Plus, OVCT has made this entire experience exciting and rewarding.”