University of Miami Tissue Bank lauds Virginia College Surgical Technology hires

Feb 17, 2012

The University of Miami Tissue Bank (UMTB) recently gave high marks to the Surgical Technology program at the Pensacola and Mobile campuses of Virginia College.

But the ultimate compliment came when it hired all eight of the Virginia College graduates and graduate candidates interviewed after a day–long session at the Pensacola campus. That opportunity was arranged by Dana Burge, Market & Career Development Manager for Virginia College's Gulf Coast Region.

UMTB, a leader in transplantation research and the only university–run tissue bank in the country, recently entered into a contract with HCA Healthcare and needed to meet job–ready candidates for their Tissue Recovery Services in North Florida. In a letter from the University of Miami, a senior recruiter said the Virginia College hires were "diverse, competent and well–prepared to practice in the real world."

"It was important to give UMTB exactly what they were looking for—exceptional, knowledgeable candidates. I am confident that the relationship with UMTB will continue to grow because of the positive experience they received," said Ms. Burge.

Meanwhile, the Charleston campus recently participated in a successful Career Expo sponsored by The Post & Courier at the Sheraton Charleston Airport Hotel. Above, from left to right: Admissions Associates Ashley McAdams and Trevor Collins, and Career Development Specialist Sarah Johnson.

Finally, Sonya Hubbard, VP of Financial Operations for Virginia College online programs, recently organized a team of Financial Planners to volunteer at Woodlawn High School in Birmingham. The event was Woodlawn's First Annual College Month sponsored by the Alabama Poverty Project. The four Virginia College staffers—Ranishia Vann, Niekkia Pierce, Justin Sprouse and Tamika Moore—assisted Woodlawn seniors in completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

College Month is an initiative designed to encourage youth to raise their personal aspirations and expectations. Ms. Hubbard says the group from the online division plans to take part in a follow–up event at the high school which will assist Woodlawn parents with FAFSA completion.