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Dorothy Ramirez, Hospital Unit Coordinator Instructor, is currently working her 37th year @ UCSF Medical Center/Mount Zion Hospital as a Hospital Unit Service Coordinator (HUSC III), and has been teaching for SMCOE/CTE for about 25 years now.
Tori Black, Child Development Associate Instructor, has been a Director for various Child Development Centers for 12 years. She has a B.A. in Child Development and a Minor in Psychology as well as a Site Supervisor Permit and her Education, Child Development and Family Services CTE Credential.
Korean Delegates visit SMCOE's - Career Technical Education Center in Burlingame
On February 18, 2014 a contingent of 30 Korean Principals visited the Career Technical Education Center in Burlingame with the intention of gaining ideas to implement in their own school programs. SMCOE/CTE has successfully been in operation since 1967 and was chosen to be used as a model program by the principals.
Korean schools tend to concentrate on academics and would like to include technical skills in order for students to be fully prepared for careers whether they attend college or not. CTE focuses on health careers and gives students rigorous, relevant and up to date training that prepares them for the world of work, including longevity.
Adele Berg, CTE Administrator, gave the principals a tour of the classrooms. The principals enjoyed exchanges between the students and staff. They found how supportive the Instructors were with the students and how the classes involve extensive soft skills training that help students not only become better employees but improve their lives. The principals were impressed with the fact that most classes include National Certification. The day ended with a question and answer with Ms. Berg and we hope they benefitted from that interchange.
It was a wonderful day and CTE embraced their motto “Hope for Students and Satisfaction for Business!”
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Certified Insurance Billing and Coding - ICD-10-CM Seminar
The implementation of the ICD-10-CM is scheduled for October 2014 for all Medical Offices and Billing and Coding contractors. The fall semester students had the opportunity to attend two trainings with the AAPC Palo Alto chapter where they were introduced to the new changes by way of ICD-10-CM. As a result, our students earned Continuing Education Units for each Saturday that they attended the training.
There were two instructors who presented the new changes to our students, Susan Carson and Dori Rincon. Coding changes that were addressed included Neoplasms, The Endocrine System, Blood Diseases and Infectious Diseases. During the second training, the areas covered included Mental, Behavioral and Neurodevelopment Disorders; Diseases of the Nervous System; Diseases of the Eye and Adnexa; Diseases of the Ear and Mastoid process; Diseases of the Circulatory System and Respiratory System.
AAPC provided breakfast and lunch on both days and also held a raffle that furnished new ICD-10 books to the lucky winners.
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