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HEC Student Aims for a Career Helping Others

“The biggest thing for me, that surprised me, is how much the professors care,” said Ashley Hamilton, Orthotics & Prosthetics student at St. Petersburg College, “They’ll sacrifice their free time just so they can help you.”

Ashley moved from Georgia to Florida in pursuit of her education. She comes from a family of nurses and, while also harboring an interest in engineering, hoped to pursue a career in healthcare. Rather than let go of one of her passions, Ashley found a happy marriage between the two in the Orthotics & Prosthetics Technology A.S. program at SPC’s Caruth Health Education Center in Pinellas Park. The associate degree is the first and only two-year program of its kind in the state of Florida.

Ashley Hamilton (top, second from the left) with some of her fellow Orthotics & Prosthetics classmates outside at SPC’s Caruth Health Education Center.

Ashley is set to complete the program later this semester and will be pursuing a career as a prosthetic technician, a position that assists clinicians by developing and fabricating patient prosthesis. Her primary goal is to channel her energy into helping those in need.

To learn more about the Orthotics & Prosthetics Technology program at St. Petersburg College and other SPC healthcare programs, visit www.spc.edu/health.