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WC respiratory care program to receive national honor at reception

Respiratory Care Clinical Coordinator Christel Brenner, left, Instructor Becky Ciolek, Respiratory Care Program Director Tonya Edwards and Instructor Joe Lewis.
Respiratory Care Clinical Coordinator Christel Brenner, left, Instructor Becky Ciolek, Respiratory Care Program Director Tonya Edwards and Instructor Joe Lewis. Courtesy photo

The Weatherford College Respiratory Care Program has received the Distinguished RRT Credentialing Success Award presented by the Commission on Accreditation for Respiratory Care.

Out of the 425 programs nationwide, only 62 accredited programs received this award in 2015. A representative from the WC Respiratory Care Program will formally receive the award at a reception on July 13 in Phoenix.

“Our team of four faculty works diligently for one another and for the success of our students,” said Tonya Edwards, Respiratory Care Program Director. “Our collective energy and passion create an infectious environment where everyone strives for excellence. We all [faculty and students] devote countless hours to education both in and out of the classroom during our 21 month curriculum.”

Following graduation, most of WC’s respiratory care students contribute to the healthcare workforce in Parker County and throughout the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

“With each graduating class, WC respiratory care is increasingly able to make a greater impact on the healthcare of patients in our communities of service,” Edwards said.

Respiratory Care Club President Rachael Davis praised the program for its format which provides equal opportunities to all students who wish to advance in the field of respiratory care.

“The instructors don't just teach us how to pass the credentialing exams but they teach us how to learn, problem solve and think critically to provide the best care possible and advocate for our patients and the future of respiratory care as a whole,” Davis said.

Respiratory care student Lexie Sharbono said the award is the culmination of dedication of both the instructors and students in the program. Following her positive experience, she’s is eager to tell others about the respiratory care program at WC.

“Our program has been successful in professionalism and knowledge, and that is all due to our amazing teachers who will always go out of their way to help others,” Sharbono said. “I have a great respect for this program from taking respiratory care at WC. I couldn't imagine it anywhere else.”

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