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Sussex Tech Adult Education graduates 20 health professions certificate holders

Twenty students recently graduated from Sussex Tech Adult Education’s health professions programs, equipped with professional certificates that will pave the way to good-paying jobs in the growing medical field.

“We are proud to recognize these motivated, driven students who are working to transform their lives and careers,” said Sussex Tech Health Professions Coordinator Kimley Hines. “Their new skills will lead to new and improved jobs and opportunities for their families. Sussex Tech is all about lifelong learning, and equipping the Sussex County workforce for growing opportunities is what we do.”

Students received certificates in medical billing and coding and clinical medical assisting, and many have already obtained jobs in their fields. Coursework included both classroom and practical lab time. The programs prepare students for a variety of jobs in many different health care settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, clinics and more. To learn if a Sussex Tech certificate program is right for you, call 302-853-1492 or email

All three fields are projected to grow substantially over the next decade, according to state labor statistics. Medical records and health information technicians, which includes medical billers and coders, earn $44,097 on average in Delaware annually, and the field is projected to grow by 10 percent by 2026. Medical assistants earn $32,829 on average, and the field is projected to grow by 19 percent by 2026. Phlebotomists earn $38,095 on average, and the field is projected to grow by 16 percent by 2026.

This class’s health professions graduates included:

Medical Billing and Coding: Debbie Abbott, Seaford; Jerry Bernadin, Magnolia; Nicholas Falkenstein, Millsboro; Donna Moran, Millsboro; Sandra Overholtzer, Frankford; Annette Purnell, Berlin, Md.; Yolanda Scott Ricketts, Seaford; and Sadie Wise, Millsboro.

Clinical Medical Assistant: Barbara Andrews, Milton; Jessica Cain, Greenwood; Linda Charleron, Seaford; Lindsey Coulbourne, Greenwood; Kathleen Davis, Millsboro; Laura Geyer, Greenwood; Lauren Hill, Laurel; Sernila Meek, Millsboro; Vanessa Melendez, Milton; Elleatha Moore, Millsboro; Nicole Perry, Milton; and Ashley Sampson, Bridgeville.

Sussex Tech’s health professions partners for this class included La Red Health Center; ENT & Allergy Center PA, Dr. Laude Dimarco; Delaware Medical Walk-In; Nanticoke Cardiology; Nanticoke Memorial Hospital; Alfa Care Medical; Pivot Physical Therapy; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; Atlantic General Hospital; and Rheumatology Associates, Dr. Lourdes Aponte.

Funding is provided for these programs through the Delaware Department of Labor and the Delaware Workforce Investment Board.


Sussex Technical Adult Education Health Professions graduates
Graduates attending the recent ceremony were back row, from left, Annette Purnell, Sandra Overholtzer, Vanessa Melendez, Sade Wise, Lindsey Coulbourne, Elleatha Moore, Kathleen Davis, Barbara Andrews, Jessica Cain and Debbie Abbott, and front row, from left, Sernilla Meek, Ashley Sampson, Linda Charleron, Lauren Hill, and Nicole Perry.

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