Kishwaukee College graduates first class of medical assistant students

Photo Caption: Kishwaukee College’s first graduating class of medical assistants pose for a photo during a pinning ceremony. Kish created the Medical Assistant Program to help address the high demand for qualified medical assistants within the local community.

Kishwaukee College graduated its first class of Medical Assistant students during a pinning ceremony on Friday, Dec. 17, at the College. Kish pinned six students before family and friends as recognition for their completion of the Medical Assistant Certificate.

The College’s Medical Assistant program trains students to work in hospitals and other health care facilities where they complete both administrative and clinical tasks. Through collaboration with area medical partners, Kishwaukee College identified a strong need for qualified medical assistants within the local community and started the program in Spring 2021. All six graduates of the initial Medical Assistant class had employment lined up before completing their certificate.

The graduating class includes Asia Brown, Felicia Craig, Shalana Jones, Rebecca Nelson, Kyla Rachas and Mayla Sanders. Each graduate was pinned individually by a friend or family member who had supported the student or acted as a mentor while completing the program.

Medical Assistants work as multi-skilled health professionals in a clinical setting. They need to be able to perform a wide range of tasks in health care, including administrative and clinical duties. Kish prepares students to become fully certified or registered medical assistants.

Fall 2022 applications will be available starting Tuesday, Feb. 15. To learn more about Kish’s accredited Medical Assistant program, visit For more information see the announcement from Kishwaukee College.