OCtech’s PTA Class of 2019 Honored at Award Ceremony

Photo of Physical Therapist Assistant 2019 graduates
Pictured are members of Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College’s Physical Therapist Assistant Class of 2019, bottom row, from left, Shea Burnette, Chasity Davis, Brooke Smith, John Marchant, Irving Batten; top row, from left, Brittany Turner, Megan Turpin, Dana Cochran and Christian Murdaugh.

The Orangeburg-Calhoun Technical College Physical Therapist Assistant program held its annual pinning and award ceremony Tuesday, May 14, on campus in Roquemore Auditorium.

During the ceremony, nine graduates received their pins and were presented with a green honor cord to be worn at graduation.

Irving Batten received the award for highest GPA not only for the PTA class, but for OCtech’s Division of Nursing and Health Science, as well. Brittany Turner received the Clinical Excellence Award, and John Marchant received the Outstanding Performance Award.

As a special gift for what Program Coordinator Lynn Fralix called a special class, each graduate received a handmade wooden sliding board with a saying that reflected their individual personalities.

Also at the ceremony, Kathleen Richardson, a physical therapist assistant at NHC HealthCare, Charleston, was named Clinical Instructor of the Year, and Marlene Workman, a physical therapist at ATI Physical Therapy in Orangeburg, was named Center Coordinator of Clinical Education of the Year.

For more information about OCtech’s PTA program, call Fralix at 803.535.1305 or visit octech.edu/programs/physical-therapist-assistant.