The Haywood County Chapter of Medical Assistants awarded their annual scholarship to Joy Willis, a second year medical assisting student at Haywood Community College. After working for over 20 years in the health care field, Willis returned to school to advance her career and better provide for her family.

“I have worked very hard to be successful in the Medical Assisting program,” Willis explains. “I am flattered and honored that I was selected for this scholarship. I would like to give a heartfelt thank you to the Haywood County Chapter of Medical Assistants.”

According to Willis, the HCC Medical Assisting program is designed in a way that students are able to apply the skills they learn hands-on. “By actually doing what we are taught, I am able to develop my own technique for tasks such as drawing blood. The instructors know what they are doing and have the experience to back it up. I feel ready to be on the job day one after graduation.”

Willis has worked for years as a certified nurse aide in both nursing homes and long-term facilities, as well as private and in-home care. “Being a CNA is a very hard and admirable profession. They often provide care after a debilitating illness. As a medical assistant, I want to be involved with patients for preventative care. I want to help educate them and make a difference while offering compassion.”

As a mom to both a toddler and a teenager, Willis says coming to school has been a juggling act. “I learned how to manage my time. It’s worth it to be an example to my kids. I want them to focus on being academically successful. Through me, I hope they learn to never stop learning or lose sight of their goals.”

Willis is grateful for the support she has received from both her family and her instructors. “At HCC, I feel like I am a person, not just a number. I am able to have one-on-one conversations with my instructors. They make sure I am successful with personalized attention and support.”

Willis enjoys gardening, reading, crafts and baking.

For more information about HCC’s medical assisting program, please call 828-627-4658 or visit haywood.edu.


Donated photo. The Haywood County Chapter of Medical Assistants awarded their annual scholarship to Joy Willis, a second year medical assisting student at Haywood Community College. Pictured left to right are chapter representative Betty Jones and Willis.