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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

EMT Grad Volunteers, Helps Disaster Victims

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With a love for volunteering and public service, St. Petersburg College student Tyler Nastasiak’s passion lead him on the path to becoming an Emergency Medical Technician under the tutelage of professors Ted Rogers and Frank Koulianos at the college.

“I hadn’t been volunteering, and my work as an office intern left me unfulfilled. So, roughly after my 19th birthday, I left USFSP and decided to become an Emergency Medical Technician,” Tyler said.

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Tyler graduated and began working as an EMT for Pinellas County’s EMS service Sunstar. Seven months passed and Tyler began to feel the same feeling that initially pulled him to SPC – an urge to do more.

This lead him to dedicated volunteering with the American Red Cross. He has logged more than 200 hours with the organization.

“I became a Disaster Action Team member, meaning during a disaster I am part of the relief effort,” he explained. “Most of the time, I respond out to house fires and get families set up with financial aid, a place to stay, and hygiene items.”

For many, Tyler’s arrival signals a sign of relief. His care is fueled by the two values that he carries with him: the value of professionalism and community.

Tyler currently is enrolled in the Public Policy and Administration program at SPC.

“It is my intention to lead the change, and I know that wherever my path takes me, it will be built upon the foundation of an SPC education.”