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Pima Medical Students Visit Washington State’s Capitol during Legislative Hill Day

Posted: February 25, 2016 by Elizabeth Baker


OLYMPIA, Wash. (Feb. 25, 2016) – Nine medical assistant students from Pima Medical Institute’s Renton campus and seven from the Seattle campus recently spent the day with lawmakers in Olympia, Wash., during the Northwest Career Colleges Federation’s Legislative Hill Day on Feb. 17.  The students attended several different legislative sessions and also provided medical services, such as blood pressure checks.

“Students are encouraged to speak with their own representatives. They also get to sit in on sessions, take photos, meet legislators and take their vitals,” said Lead Medical Assistant Instructor, Prather Stinson from the Renton campus. “When we go, we talk about Pima Medical and tell them about how we help the public. Students like to get out and meet them and see the government process.”

The Northwest Career Colleges Federation holds Legislative Hill Day events each year. Gena Wikstrom, the organization’s executive director, said Pima Medical students always do a great job of representing the school.

“Pima students are professional, friendly and knowledgeable,” she said. “I have always found Pima students to be the greatest ambassadors of the school.”

Students who attended this year from the Renton campus include Yekaterina Komissarova, Megan Hedge, Heather Prettyman, Tina Kostka, Ryan Wardrop, Halani Barboza, Aida Rodriguez, Isamar Tenorio, and Maddison Gratzer. Students from the Seattle campus included Robert Wilkes, Sruthi Hariprasad, Sarah Moore, Isis Alvarez Guerrero, Jolie Wahmuth, Aimee Malmstrom, and Misti Bonn.

“Our students have the rare opportunity at the request of legislators to join me in various meetings to answer questions the House Representatives have regarding the student’s education and financial aid,” said Seattle campus Faculty Coordinator, Lourie Harrington. “This helps the legislators understand from the student’s perspective and educate them as they decide on various higher education bills that need approval or denial.”

Seattle campus medical assistant student Misti Young wasn't sure what to expect from the outing. It turned out to be a great learning experience for her.

“Once we arrived at the state capital we set up to take blood pressures and answer any questions the visitors may have. We practice blood pressure on fellow students daily in class but Hill Day gave me the chance to practice my skills in a different setting and on people who I do not know,” she said. “Not only did I get this amazing learning experience but I also got the chance to meet and chat with politicians and state representatives about the importance of vocational colleges like Pima Seattle.”

A Pima Medical Institute student checks a woman's blood pressurePima Medical Institute medical assistant student, Halani Barboza, checks Gena Wickstrom's blood pressure during Legislative Hill Day Feb. 17 in Olympia, Wash.

Pima Medical Institute students pose for a photo at the Washington State Capitol during Hill DayMedical assistant students from the Renton, Wash., campus visit the state capitol during Legislative Hill Day on Feb. 17. From left to right: Yekaterina Komissarova, Megan Hedge, Heather Prettyman, Tina Kostka, Prather Stinson, Ryan Wardrop, Halani Barboza, Aida Rodriguez, Isamar Tenorio and Maddison Gratzer.

Pima Medical Institute students pose for a photo at the Washington State Capitol during Hill DaySeattle medical assistant students attend Legislative Hill Day on Feb. 17. From left to right: Isis Alvarez-Guerrero, Sruthi Hariprasad, Jolie Wahmuth, Gene Ratbhun, Sarah Moore and Robert Wilkes.

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Pima Medical Institute operates 16 campuses as well as an online division. The medical career college has a presence in eight western states with ground locations in Albuquerque, N.M.; Tucson, Phoenix and Mesa, Ariz.; Denver and Colorado Springs, Colo.; Seattle and Renton, Wash.; Las Vegas, N.V.; Houston and El Paso, Texas; Chula Vista, Calif.; and Dillon, Mont. For more information and a complete list of programs offered at each campus, visit pmi.edu or call 1-888-442-5998.





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