DEPARTMENT NEWS | Health & Human Services

Something Different Every Day

Kathy Tettam | Medical Assistant Instructor

Kathy Tettam graduated from the Medical Assistant program in 1999. Since then she’s been a practicing medical assistant, expertly covering clinical, front-office and laboratory duties at area health care facilities, including Park Nicollet in Burnsville.

Tettam is back at DCTC, but this time as faculty specializing in phlebotomy and administrative procedures. She started teaching this spring after receiving rave reviews from her former instructors—now her colleagues.

Excited about opening windows to the real world of medical assisting, Tettam regales her students with stories from her years on the job, stories they love to hear. “I keep it relevant by showing how our coursework directly relates to experiences in the workplace,” Tettam said. “I show my students what I enjoy about our field—that it’s something different every day.”

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CLC Recognizes Child Life Assistant Program

Dawn Braa reported that the Child Life Council recently recognized the Child Life Assistant program at DCTC. A nonprofit founded in 1982, the CLC is composed of 4,000 trained professionals representing more than 600 organizations around the world, all working to help children and their families surmount life’s most challenging circumstances.

“This is great news for our Child Life Assistant program,” said Braa, who started the program spring semester 2010. “The CLC recognizes the importance of educating students to promote healing in hospitalized children and adolescents through developmental play and other activities. Child life assistants are crucial members of interdisciplinary teams working in most pediatric facilities and many smaller pediatric inpatient units.”

On a related note, the Child Development program is becoming the Early Childhood and Youth Development program fall 2011 to enhance articulation pathways and respond to changes in the field.

On another related note, two Child Development students took home medals from the 44th Anniversary SkillsUSA Minnesota Leadership & Skills Championships Conference at the Sheraton Bloomington Hotel in Bloomington, Minn., March 25–27, 2011. Jessica Jackson took gold and Alicia Moss took silver in the Preschool Teaching Assistant category. For more about the event, read “Three Students Place First at SkillsUSA State Championships.”

For more information about the Early Childhood and Youth Development program, contact:
  • Jill Behnke
    Early Childhood and Youth Development Instructor
  • Dawn Braa
    Early Childhood and Youth Development Instructor
Or read the Early Childhood and Youth Development blog

Jessica Jackson, Instructor Dawn Braa, Alicia Moss