Mayor Willis Van Dusen and the Astoria City Council have proclaimed today as Medical Assistant Recognition Day.

The Clatsop Community College Medical Assistant Program will celebrate its fourth year of producing graduates that find careers in healthcare. The College's Medical Assistant Program graduates are currently employed in Astoria at Angel Medical Clinic and Coastal Family Medical Clinic, in Seaside at Providence Medical Center and in Long Beach, Washington at the North Beach Clinic.

Medical assistants are health professionals trained to work in ambulatory settings (such as physicians' offices, clinics and group practices). The demand for medical assistants is expanding rapidly. According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, medical assisting is projected to be one of the fastest growing professions through the year 2010.

For more information about CCC's Medical Assistant One-Year Certificate Program contact Medical Assistant Program Instructor Debra Connaway at 338-2367, visit the Web site (www.clatsopcc.edu) or call the college's Admissions Office at 338-2411.

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