By Janet Goetze
For the Hollywood Star News
The American Association of Medical Assistants has named a PCC faculty member its educator of the year.
Virginia Chambers, a full-time instructor for six years and program chair for PCC’s Medical Assisting Program, has received the national group’s Apple Award.
In 2015, Chambers also was named educator of the year by the Oregon Society of Medical Assistants.
“It was shocking,” Chambers said. “You spend so much time doing your job, doing what you can. You just don’t expect to be honored like this. It was tear-jerking for me because of the support I’ve received.”
The national organization recognized Chambers for cultivating excellence among partners and students as well as her involvement with the professional group at the local, state and national levels.
“The award is well deserved,” said John Saito, dean of PCC’s Allied Health, Emergency & Legal Services Division. “The consistent demand for our graduates from the health industry employers, both large and small, bears testament to Virginia’s efforts and those of her colleagues in furthering the excellence of PCC medical assistants throughout the Portland metro area.”
She spends time on community outreach to build relationships with clinics, health care organizations and other institutions to provide support to students, training opportunities for graduates and the skills needed to provide qualified workers.