Medical Assisting Program Director, Orange Technical College
EDUCATION: Associates in Medical Assisting from the National School of Technology
YEARS IN AREA: 16
YEARS AT COMPANY: 10
Orange County Public Schools celebrates the work of amazing educators like Melinda Garcia, CMA (AAMA), Orange Technical College – Westside Campus Medical Assisting program director, who was recently appointed to the American Association of Medical Assistants (AAMA) Task Force for Test Construction (TFTC).
The Certifying Board of the AAMA and the Task Force for Test Construction (TFTC) work with the National Board of Medical Examiners (NBME) to develop an examination that tests the depth and scope of knowledge needed by career-ready Certified Medical Assistants.
Now officially approved, Garcia is one of only eight members in the nation who have the opportunity to sit on the Task Force. The group will meet once a year in Philadelphia to discuss and examine the criteria and questions asked to students prior to industry credentialing. She will be representing Orange Technical College alongside medical assisting practitioners, educators, physicians, physician assistants and nurses from around the country.
Garcia came to Orange County Public Schools after leaving Florida Hospital South in Orlando and discovering a new passion in teaching. Soon after volunteering with the Medical Assisting program at the district’s Orange Technical College –Westside Campus in Winter Garden, almost 10 years ago, she was offered a full-time teaching position, eventually leading to her designation of program director in 2014. Melinda is now an essential component to the high-quality, high-rigor medical programming happening across OTC campuses.
Melinda is an incredible example of the type of commitment and dedication career and technical education educators have for their students and craft. Industry experience, combined with a passion for education, allow OTC teachers to equip students with the tools needed to succeed in the workforce.
Orange Technical College operates within a five-campus college system across Central Florida, providing affordable, industry-based career training programs.