As a respected community leader, Ms. Williams joins the board chaired by General Richard B. Myers USAF(ret), to contribute her expertise in education and philanthropy. Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology, a Dallas-based nonprofit college whose mission is to provide high-quality, intensive education and training that prepares graduates for professional careers as field service engineers and biomedical equipment technicians, proudly announces Joyce Williams as new member of the Board of Trustees. Ms. Williams currently serves as Associate Vice Chancellor of Workforce and Community Initiatives for the Dallas County Community College District (DCCCD), one of the largest undergraduate institutions of higher education in Texas. She is responsible for initiatives involving workforce development, community development, and business strategies. Her 20-plus years of experience in education includes several senior leadership positions at the post-secondary level. The Medisend College Board of Trustees is chaired by General Richard B. Myers, USAF (ret), founder of the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program at Medisend College, past Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and currently President of Kansas State University. “Ms. Williams brings with her a wealth of experience and leadership to our Board. Her energy and passion for our mission will be an immeasurable asset to the organization and the students we serve. We proudly welcome her onboard,” says General Myers. Ms. Williams was recognized in 2014 as one of the Top 25 Women of Dallas by the Steele Society. In addition, she holds the honor of being awarded by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the Minority Business Leaders for 2015 and 2016 Boys and Girls Club Outstanding Child Advocate Award. She has been recognized by the Dallas Business Journal as one of the 30 top Women in Business for Dallas in 2018. Ms. Williams was also recognized by Walker’s Legacy as one of the organization’s “Power 15” 2018 award recipients for career success in Dallas. She received Governor Greg Abbott recognition in 2018 for apprenticeship programs and was also awarded the 2020 Social Services award by the Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance (IMA). Most recently, she led the development of a strategic implementation of the Amazon Veteran Apprenticeship program (Cloud Support Technician); development and management of 9-12 apprenticeship programs serving over 2000 apprentices. Ms. Williams is actively involved in the community. Her current activities include: Past Chair, Boys and Girls Club of Greater Dallas; Executive Board member, Dallas Black Chamber of Commerce; Chair, Visit Dallas; Board member, Friends of Fair Park; member of the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board (THECB) Certification Advisory Council; Appointed by the Texas Workforce Commissioner to the Apprenticeship Training and Advisory Committee (ATAC); Chair of the THECB WECM Advisory Committee and a Lifetime member of the NAACP. “I have long supported Medisend College and am proud to join in an official capacity as a new member of the Board of Trustees. I look forward to being part of Medisend College’s excellence, particularly in support of our US veterans,” says Ms. Williams adding, “I am hopeful that my educational experience will be a welcome addition.” For more information on Medisend College, go to http://www.medisend.org
The funding will help provide veterans with advanced educational opportunities and a rapid pathway to jobs in the healthcare industry.
Dallas-based Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology has received a $20,399 grant from ORIX Foundation to support its mission of improving the lives of veterans and their families through education. With a firm commitment to the communities it serves, Medisend College trains veterans to become skilled biomedical equipment technicians. The grant will help provide new imaging, X-Ray test and calibration tools to deliver the most advanced training and education to veterans in the General Richard B. Myers Program at Medisend College.
“Our mission at ORIX Foundation is to advance education, strengthen communities and improve lives. As such, we are excited to be able to provide these funds to assist Medisend College in providing increased opportunities and resources for the veterans they serve,” said Autumn Schiele, ORIX Foundation Coordinator.
The constantly evolving healthcare industry requires the acquisition of the newest and most sophisticated training equipment. In order to train veterans and meet the requirements necessary to protect and save lives, it is imperative that they learn on the best equipment and with the latest curriculum.
“The safety and health of families that will receive proper diagnosis and treatment as a result of our graduates’ training is paramount. Our new, state-of-the-art Imaging and X-Ray laboratories serve to provide peak levels of proficiency. The generosity of ORIX Foundation will help ensure that we continue to maintain the highest standards,” said General Richard B. Myers, Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Medisend College, 15th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and current President of Kansas State University.
Under Myers’ leadership, Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology has placed veterans in well-paying jobs throughout the country working for organizations such as Siemens, GE Healthcare and Henry Schein Dental.
"Our mission is not complete until we have given our veterans and their families the best possible opportunity for a secure future,” said Myers.
About Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology
Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology is the premier educational and training center for individuals seeking a future in biomedical technology. Students can earn an Associate Degree in Biomedical Engineering Technology in an innovative and intensive seven-month program with hands-on training using the most up-to-date hospital-grade equipment. The highly recognized training gives graduates the education and background necessary to earn promising careers with healthcare industry leaders. For more information, visit medisend.org.
About ORIX Foundation
ORIX Foundation is a charitable foundation sponsored and managed by ORIX USA Corporation and its employees to advance education, strengthen communities and improve lives. The foundation awards direct grants to not-for-profit organizations and matches the charitable contributions and fundraising of each ORIX USA employee up to $5,000 each year. Since it was founded in 2009, ORIX Foundation has committed over $20 million to nonprofit organizations primarily in ORIX USA’s headquarters region of North Texas. For more information, visit orixfoundation.org.
The grant is in support of the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program – Associate of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering Technology.
DALLAS (PRWEB) July 01, 2019
The Hillcrest Foundation has awarded a $60k grant to Medisend College to help provide professional training and job placement for veterans in the General Richard B. Myers Veterans Program.
“We are proud to partner with the General Myers Veterans Program at Medisend College to help advance secure financial futures for veterans and their families,” says Debra Goldstein Phares, SVP, Philanthropic Client Director at Bank of America Private Bank, on behalf of the Hillcrest Foundation.
Medisend College, under the General Myers Veterans Program, provides veterans the education and training necessary to become professional field engineers and biomedical technicians in an increasingly demanding healthcare industry. The Program has a proven track record of assisting veterans to successfully return to civilian life and providing a rapid pathway to well-paying jobs and lifelong careers with healthcare industry leaders such as Siemens, GE Healthcare, Henry Schein Dental, and Beckman Coulter.
“It is through the generosity and commitment of donors such as Hillcrest Foundation that the Richard B. Myers Veterans Program at Medisend College is able to help veterans enter the civilian workforce as well-trained, well-paid professionals,” says General Myers, Chairman, Board of Trustees of Medisend College, “We take pride knowing that the Program benefits veterans and their families, the healthcare institutions where they work, and the patients that they serve.”
My Name is Damon Fletcher, I am a veteran who recently graduated from Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology. I faced several obstacles even before I was enrolled in school. I suffered a significant injury that prevented me from continuing my military service. I was faced with trying to figure out exactly what I was going to do next because I really didn’t have a contingency plan in place at the time. I searched several resources for good veterans’ job training programs, only to find very few that would translate into a job after the training. I found the General Richard B Myers Program offered at Medisend College and contacted the school. The first person I talked to was Nick Hallack to get more information pertaining to the school and its curriculum. I was surprised to find out the school was very similar to the BMET program that the military personnel is trained for. The whole staff at Medisend was very helpful throughout the entire application process. The moment I arrived they made me feel at home and addressed whatever needs I might have so I could achieve success in the program. It was such a family atmosphere that it became infectious to the students as well.
As a veteran, there are different challenges you face versus a traditional student. Some of us have been on deployments or been in traumatic situations so we may require additional resources to cope with certain situations and stress. Medisend made sure we always had access to those appropriate resources if they were needed. If you had any personal issues the instructors or administration would never turn you away and were eager to assist you. The instructors went above and beyond to make sure you understood the material and encouraged you to ask questions. They really helped you gain confidence, which is vital for some veterans because it’s harder to transition back into civilian life if you served any length of time. I recently received a job offer from Siemens as a Field Service Engineer in San Francisco, and it is only because I enrolled in this program. The curriculum aligns with the current industry standards which enabled me to get a job with a higher starting salary. It also is a program that can be done in six months and allow the veteran to not incur debt in order to finish. Coming to Medisend College has changed my life and set me on course for a good sustainable career. There are several programs that boast about putting veterans back to work, but this program really yields results. This program had a profound effect on my life, and I believe more veterans should have the opportunity to attend.
The military transitioning period can be difficult, but if you are like Tyson Jelinek, Marine Corps, you can think smart and use what you learned from the military to your advantage. “Transitioning out of the Marine Corps, I wasn’t quite sure what my next move should be.” Jelinek says. Just like most, it is not easy.
“I knew that I wanted to work on things and somehow help people by doing so.” The demand for this skill is immense, especially in the biomedical engineering technology/healthcare industry.
Upon doing his research, Jelinek came across Medisend College of Biomedical Engineering Technology, he believed in his skills and the demand for it. “It would be a great choice since I wanted to start work as soon as possible while earning an accelerated degree.”
Tyson earns his Biomedical Equipment Technology Certificate and an Associate of Applied Science in Biomedical Engineering Technology. “My overall experience was positive, and the instructors and staff cared about each student and their progress. The skills I acquired while attending Medisend College significantly helped with my job offer from Henry Schein. If I could do it over again I would in a heartbeat. Huge thank you to the staff and instructors at Medisend for serving those who served, and making the transition as smooth as possible into a promising career field.”
Tyson Jelinek is now employed with one of the top healthcare industry leaders, Henry Schein as a Biomedical Field Technician.
Medisend pioneered the first and largest comprehensive mobile biomedical equipment test and repair lab for developing country biomedical technicians and hospitals. There are over 4,100 laboratory repair tools, supply items, and state-of-the-art test and calibration devices in the Lab Kit. The Labs have been deployed to more than 23 countries around the world, including Angola, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Kazakhstan, Haiti, Colombia and Papua New Guinea. It remains the largest mobile test and repair lab of its kind in the world.
Downsizing is more than a trend these days; it’s actually a Hollywood film featuring Matt Damon. Hollywood got the memo that technology will always become more compact gradually over time. Computers, hard drives, mobile phones, cameras, and portable media storage have all gotten smaller. The medical field is no stranger to this trend. Almost 5 decades ago, diabetic patients carried a large back-pack size insulin pump. Through modernization and an invention by Dean Kamen, a miniature device can now do the same thing as a cell-phone sized device or implant under the skin today.