Five MTC students to compete at HOSA International

(Bradenton, FL—May 15, 2018)   Five Manatee Technical College students will represent MTC and Florida at the HOSA Future Healthcare Professionals International Leadership Conference in their competitive events in Dallas, Texas, June 27-July 1, 2018.  Three achieved first place and a team of two achieved third in the state at the Florida HOSA Leadership Conference in Kissimmee, April 5-8, 2018.

The five college-level medalists are Hanna Pick (Dental Assisting Student) 1st Place Dental Terminology; Tram Nguyen (Pharmacy Tech Student) 1st Place Knowledge Test Pharmacology; Cynthia Perez Perez (Patient Care Technician Student) 1st Place Nursing Assisting; Sena Henandez and Tania Yanez (Dental Assisting Students) 3rd Place Health Career Display Team.

Florida HOSA presented Kimberly Bland with the Florida HOSA Honorary Life Member award for her contributions and leadership in Florida HOSA.  Bland is the dental assisting program coordinator at MTC, where she has been the HOSA advisor for 20 years.   Bland has served on the FL HOSA Board of Directors since 2002 and as Florida HOSA Board Co-Chairperson for the previous two years.  She is instrumental in making the Florida HOSA Region 5 Conference a success.  She has assisted with the State Conference and International Leadership Conference numerous times.  Bland also served on the National HOSA Technical Advisory Committee.

Both State and National HOSA have recognized the MTC chapter as being the largest Postsecondary Chapter.  MTC students regularly win medals at the Regional, State and National/International Conferences.

About Manatee Technical College

Manatee Technical College is accredited by the Council on Occupational Education and the AdvancED Accreditation Commission and is an Official Adult Education Provider.  MTC has three campuses within the School District of Manatee County and offers over 50 career preparation programs, continuing education, adult general education, and personal enrichment classes.  The mission of MTC is to produce highly skilled individuals and resourceful leaders through collaborative education to meet the ever-changing needs of our communities and the workforce.

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Photo (L-R) Tania Yanez, Tram Nguyen, Sena Hernandez, Sergio Flores, Cynthia Perez Perez, and Hannah Pick.   Flores placed fifth in the state in dental science.  Yanez, Nguyen, Hernandez, Perez, and Pick will compete at the International HOSA Conference in their respective events.