Sussex Tech Adult Ed graduates 20 health certificate holders

July 19, 2019

A group of 20 students recently graduated from Sussex Tech Adult Education Division’s health professions programs, equipped with professional certificates that will pave the way to good-paying jobs in the growing medical field.

“We are proud to recognize these motivated, driven students who are working to transform their lives and careers,” said Kimley Hines, Sussex Tech Health Professions coordinator. “Their new skills will lead to new and improved jobs and opportunities for their families. Sussex Tech is all about lifelong learning, and equipping the Sussex County workforce for growing opportunities is what we do.”

Students received certificates in medical billing and coding, and clinical medical assisting, and many have already obtained jobs in their fields. Coursework included both classroom and practical lab time. The programs prepare students for a variety of jobs in many different healthcare settings, including hospitals, nursing homes, doctor’s offices, clinics and more.

Both fields are projected to grow substantially over the next decade, according to state labor statistics. Medical records and health information technicians, which includes medical billers and coders, earn $44,097 on average in Delaware annually, and the field is projected to grow by 10 percent by 2026. Medical assistants earn $32,829 on average, and the field is projected to grow by 19 percent by 2026. 

This class’s health professions graduates included: Medical Billing and Coding: Debbie Abbott, Seaford; Jerry Bernadin, Magnolia; Nicholas Falkenstein, Millsboro; Donna Moran, Millsboro; Sandra Overholtzer, Frankford; Annette Purnell, Berlin, Md.; Yolanda Scott Ricketts, Seaford; and Sadie Wise, Millsboro. Clinical Medical Assistant: Barbara Andrews, Milton; Jessica Cain, Greenwood; Linda Charleron, Seaford; Lindsey Coulbourne, Greenwood; Kathleen Davis, Millsboro; Laura Geyer, Greenwood; Lauren Hill, Laurel; Sernilla Meek, Millsboro; Vanessa Melendez, Milton; Elleatha Moore, Millsboro; Nicole Perry, Milton; and Ashley Sampson, Bridgeville.

Sussex Tech’s health professions partners for this class included La Red Health Center; ENT & Allergy Center PA, Dr. Laude Dimarco; Delaware Medical Walk-In; Nanticoke Cardiology; Nanticoke Memorial Hospital; Alpha Care Medical; Pivot Physical Therapy; Peninsula Regional Medical Center; Atlantic General Hospital; and Rheumatology Associates, Dr. Lourdes Aponte.

Funding is provided for these programs through the Delaware Department of Labor and the Delaware Workforce Investment Board.

For more information about Sussex Tech certificate programs, call 302-853-1492 or email