Photo by Michelle Harris. Haywood Community College’s Academic Excellence Award winner Ronald Gorby is enrolled in the Medical Office Administration program. He came to the College after retiring from the Navy. 

Haywood Community College’s Academic Excellence Award recipient Ronald Gorby retired from the Navy after over 25 years. During his service, Gorby worked in the Naval Info Warfare Office and Naval Intelligence, where he led a 450-person operations department and spent time all over the world in such places as Japan, England and Norway.   

After retiring, Gorby aimed to further his education and support his community. At HCC, he is enrolled in the Medical Office Administration (MOA) program. “Education has been a major driving force in my life and career,” he explains. “Education has allowed me to achieve major goals and promotions while empowering me in community volunteerism and in life.”

Gorby decided to come to HCC because the MOA program is comprehensive and the classes offer a low student to teacher ratio, which ensures he gets one-on-one attention. With the MOA degree, he hopes to get a job working from home. As a student, Gorby participates in the American Association of Professional Coders local chapter and American Health Information Management Association events.

One of Gorby’s passions is helping people. He is a head cook at Leicester Community “Welcome Table” serving over 200 meals weekly. He also designed and directed the startup of a food pantry for over 60 families. He has built structures at an animal sanctuary and helped set up a training kitchen for the Black Mountain Home for Youth Apprenticeship Program. Gorby also volunteers as a patient escort at the Asheville Veteran’s Administration Hospital.

“The knowledge I have gained from the military and college has shaped my leadership attributes, which I have used to be successful in academics and volunteer work,” he explains.

HCC’s MOA program prepares individuals for employment as medical administrative personnel in the areas of the medical office, medical billing and coding, dental office, patient services, and medical documents. Upon graduation from the program, students may be eligible to sit for a medical coding certification exam through the American Health Information Management Association or the American Academy of Professional Coders.

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