Photo caption: North Country Community College students Kate Gehrke, left, and Cortney Davis, were recently named winners of the 2017 Lambda Nu scholarship. Lambda Nu is the national honor society for the radiologic and imaging sciences.
Saranac Lake – A pair of second-year students at North Country Community College are among a select group of Radiologic Technology students across the country.
Cortney Davis and Kate Gehrke, both of whom are from Jefferson County, were notified recently that they have received the fall 2017 Lambda Nu Scholarship.
Fifty-eight people from across the country applied for the award from Lambda Nu, the national honor society for radiologic and imaging sciences. Davis and Gehrke are among 18 who were selected to receive $500 scholarships.
Davis hails from LaFargeville. She said she grew up in a family that worked in the health care field, so she knew a little bit about what to expect when she entered the college’s Radiologic Technology program.
“What interested me the most was that I knew I would be part of the process in helping patients,” Davis said. “I would be the one taking their x-rays in which will help with the diagnosing process. After being in clinical for a few semesters, I have been surprised by how much you can connect with an individual while doing an exam for them that usually only takes minutes.”
Davis plans to graduate from North Country in May and continue her education.
“I have a couple different schools to choose from and some clinical sites that will correspond,” she said. “Even if I do decide to continue my education, I will still be eager to find a job as a radiologic technologist and work in the field. Whether I work as a radiographer full-time or part-time while going to school, I cannot wait to start a career in this field and pursue my goals.”
Gehrke is from Belleville. She entered NCCC’s Rad Tech program after working in cosmetology for three years.
“I was looking for a career that would supply me with stable hours, salary and benefits,” she said. “I’m so happy with my choice because I’ve found that this is really something that I enjoy. I’m especially surprised with how I’ve become drawn to working during a trauma and how calm I feel working with trauma patients.”
Gehrke is weighing several possibilities for her future, including continuing her education or finding a job.
“I would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in getting into this field,” she said. “I feel extremely prepared and confident to go into the work force. As I work at clinical, I find myself able to recall what we learned in class and understand how to put it into real life scenarios.”
North Country’s Radiologic Technology program is one of the oldest in the country – but it’s also one of the most up-to-date, as new equipment keeps students at the forefront of imaging technology. The college’s energized radiography suite gives students experience positioning patients for proper diagnostic exams, and allows them to take images of phantoms – or test objects – within the lab.
Clinical experience is a significant educational component of the Radiologic Technology degree. Students must complete approximately 1,600 hours of clinical throughout the program. North Country is affiliated with 12 sites across a 200-mile radius, including Alice Hyde Medical Center in Malone, Adirondack Health in Saranac Lake, Samaritan Medical Center in Watertown and Inter-Lakes Health in Ticonderoga.
The 21-month program (which includes the first summer) is registered by the state Department of Health and adheres to ASRT curriculum requirements, which officially qualifies graduates to take the national examination, offered through the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists, for national certification and subsequent licensure by the State of New York.
About Lambda Nu: Lambda Nu is the national honor society for the radiologic and imaging sciences. It works to foster academic scholarship at the highest academic levels, promote research and investigation in the radiologic and imaging sciences, and recognize exemplary scholarship. For more information, visit www.lambdanu.org.
About North Country Community College: As the only public college located in the Adirondack Park, North Country Community College provides educational, cultural and recreational programming to a 3,500 square mile service area with a population of 90,000. The college maintains three campuses in Saranac Lake, Malone and Ticonderoga, New York; an extensive high school-based academic partnership; and online course offerings. North Country Community College is part of the SUNY (State University of New York) system. With 64 unique colleges and universities, SUNY provides learning environments for every type of student, every stage of life, and every kind of passion. For more information, visit www.nccc.edu.