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SCC PTA student named APTA National Student of the Year

A recent graduate in the Somerset Community College Physical Therapist Assistant Program has been named the recipient of the American Physical Therapy Association (APTA) National Physical Therapist Assistant Student of the Year Award for 2011. Erin Green of Danville will receive the award at the APTA Annual Conference and Exposition in National Harbor, Maryland in June. This is the fifth year in a row that a student from SCC has won the award. SCC graduates who have won the award in the past include: Valarie Cooper of Jamestown in 2010; Rod Edwards of Somerset in 2009, Bethany Gosser of Liberty in 2008; and Heather Tuel of Somerset in 2007.

The criteria for the award include academic and clinical performance, community service and contributions to the physical therapy profession. Her nomination was supported by faculty members Dr. Ron Meade, PT and Dr. Steve Hammons, PT, and by Dr. Sam Brown, PT of Monticello.

Green has volunteered in a number of community service projects including the Kentucky Special Olympics Fun Fitness Screenings and the March of Dimes. She co-authored a brochure about fall prevention and was published in the APTA Student Assemblys national student newsletter, the Pulse, in an article describing her experiences while attending the 2010 APTA National Conference and Exposition in Boston, Massachusetts. She has introduced younger students to the physical therapy profession by participating in high school recruitment activities including the Rogers Scholars Program and the Girls Engaged in Math and Science (GEMS) Program, and has served as a mentor and a peer tutor. She was elected to serve as Secretary of the SCC Physical Therapy Student Organization and as Historian of her class. She was a queen candidate in the 2010 Kentucky Mountain Laurel Festival.

Green represented the College at the 2010 APTA National Conference where she accepted the Most Outstanding PTA Program Award from the Foundation for Physical Therapy for the programs fundraising efforts for physical therapy research. She has also attended the APTAs National Student Conclave and Combined Sections Meeting and attended the Kentucky Physical Therapy Associations Advocacy Day in Frankfort.

Green graduated from the SCC PTA Program in May and has plans to ultimately further her education by obtaining a doctorate of physical therapy degree.

For more information about the SCC PTA Program, please contact the director of the program at ron.meade@kctcs.edu.

Somerset Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution of higher education. SCC has campuses in Somerset and London, and centers in Clinton, McCreary, Casey, and Russell Counties. For admission or program information call toll free (877) 629-9722 or visit the website at somerset.kctcs.edu.