Meet the Campus Director

Meet Sandy Poynter, Campus Director at Boardman Training Center!
Meet the Campus Director

As the new Campus Director here at BTC, Sandy is committed to helping her students achieve their career goals. “I really want to see each student fulfill their goals and their dreams. It’s my mission to prepare them for their careers in whatever they choose, whether that is EKG, phlebotomy, or MOS,” said Sandy.

Sandy is passionate about education and believes it is essential. “The students drive me to work in education. Meeting them at the beginning, watching them grow and succeed in their careers is amazing. I love seeing the results. We watch them walk in one day, and 6 months later, we watch them walk out the door, successful and with smiles on their faces,” said Sandy.

There are no other training centers in the Youngstown area, so Sandy believes the Boardman Training Center is necessary to the local healthcare community. Due to the increased access to healthcare and the aging baby boomer population, the healthcare industry has expanded for many years. “The area is in desperate need of medical professionals,” said Sandy.

Boardman Training Center helps fill this need for healthcare professionals by providing fast-track healthcare training classes that students complete in months, not years. With short-term classes, one-on-one instruction, and small class sizes, students can get the training they need quickly to help them start their careers faster.

For anyone thinking about attending BTC, Sandy wants you to know that she, the staff, and instructors are here for you personally to help prepare you for career success. “You are not just a number. You are a name. We’re like a family here. Being so small, we get to know our students personally. Every one of us in this building wants to see our students thrive,” said Sandy.

Before starting her career in the education industry, Sandy worked at a library for over 20 years. She began right out of high school as a clerk and moved up into an administrative assistant role. After deciding that she wanted a career change, Sandy chose Ohio Valley College of Technology to earn her degree. She attended in 1995 for a business degree and again in 2012 for medical office administration. When she was enrolled in 2012, she decided to continue with medical assisting. Sandy has three associate degrees and is also nationally certified.

After graduating from OVCT, Sandy worked in a doctor’s office from 2014 to 2016. An instructor position became available, and she was hired for the role here at Boardman Training Center. Then, she was recruited to teach at Ohio Valley College of Technology, so she began there as an instructor. Since 2016, she has been an instructor at both OVCT and BTC.

Sandy was then offered the position of Campus Director here at Boardman Training Center and decided to accept. She has only been in this new role for a few months, but Sandy loves that she has the ability to ensure students are happy and successful and that the staff feels appreciated. She believes she can make the school a better place and take it in a good direction.

Sandy says that her new role motivates her every day. “I’m driven knowing that there are staff and students that rely on me. I can build relationships with each of them. It’s great knowing that there is a need and want for me here at BTC,” said Sandy.

When asked what accomplishment in her life she is most proud of, Sandy said, “I’m most proud of my family, including my fiancé Matt and my two boys, Zach, 22, and Cameron, 19. Watching my two boys grow into the young men they are becoming is amazing. Zack is an EMT and getting married next October. Cameron recently graduated high school and is working toward his goals.”

Sandy has some great advice for those pursuing their dreams. “The best advice ever given to me is that if you set your goals and put your mind to it, the sky is the limit. If you put your mind to whatever you want, you will achieve it,” said Sandy.

Outside of work, Sandy says that she enjoys family time. “I love family vacations, picnics in the backyard, barbeques, and doing things outdoors, like going to local parks and taking neighborhood walks. I also love visiting with friends that are like family,” she said.

When asked about her favorite food, Sandy says she has two of them, pasta and seafood. She says they are the perfect comfort foods. If Sandy could have any superpower, it would be the ability to fly. “I would love to travel the world and see the many beautiful things that it has to offer,” she said.

Are you looking for a school that truly cares about your success? Do you want a healthcare training program that gets you on the fast track to starting your career? Explore our healthcare training programs today and request information now to get started!

Miranda Washington – Student Highlight

Meet Miranda, our student highlight for the week!

Miranda is enrolled in the Cardio-Phlebotomy program and is having a great experience with her medical training classes at Boardman Training Center.

Before enrolling with BTC, Miranda attended a community college to earn an EMT certificate. She says it was an exciting, eventful, and challenging experience, but she was not able to get the experience she wanted.

Miranda Washington

“I heard great things about this training center. I also appreciated the daylight classes and hours, and am excited about the hands-on experience,” says Miranda. Boardman Training Center was recommended to her by a family member to get on the fast track to a great medical career.

Miranda choose the Cardio-Phlebotomy program because she wanted to take the steps needed to pursue a great career in the medical field.  She would love to work in a hospital lab setting and eventually wants to become a nurse.

Learning new things and making new friends is Miranda’s favorite part of attending classes at Boardman Training Center. She loves that everyone is so nice and on the same page with a similar mindset to hers.

With such a busy life, she loves that she can take her classes three days a week. “If someone has a busy life, then BTC is for them,” says Miranda.

So far, Danielle is Miranda’s favorite teacher because she is “sweet, talkative, has experience, is very knowledgeable and is a great teacher.” Miranda says that “she makes everything easy to learn and challenges her students in a good way.”

“It’s nice to go to school with other people who have the same fears as you, so you know you’re not alone. There is support in the classroom here,” says Miranda.

In addition to attending classes at Boardman Training Center, Miranda works for a security company, cares for her 98-year-old grandmother, and is a mother of three children, two boys and one girl, who are very excited that their mom is in school.

At Boardman Training Center, our healthcare programs allow you to kick start your medical career. In addition to Cardio-Phlebotomy, BTC also trains students for EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist careers.

Fall classes are starting soon! Request information now to start your path to a great healthcare career!

Danielle Larosa – Employee Highlight

Danielle Larosa

Danielle Larosa is the Campus Director at Boardman Training Center located in Boardman, Ohio. Danielle started the campus over six years ago in April of 2013. The training center began holding classes in the local Boardman High School which happened to be the high school Danielle attended. The campus now offers multiple 24-week programs with numerous staff members.

Prior to working at Boardman Training Center, Danielle started her career as a paramedic and attended Youngstown State University to obtain her Bachelor of Science in Applied Science and an Associate Degree in Allied Health.  As a young child, Danielle lost her step-father, and her mom was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. Danielle grew up at a young age and took pride in helping with her Mom’s medical needs and also enjoyed taking care of her younger siblings. Many people may think this was a burden, but Danielle embraced the challenge. “My experiences as a young adult helped me to become a more compassionate, caring person that enjoyed caring for people of all ages while teaching younger individuals about important aspects of life. I truly feel that my love for being a paramedic, working in the health field and teaching were all influenced by my experiences as a child and young adult.” Danielle loved working in the paramedic field so much that she became a Preceptor for Youngstown State’s University Paramedic Program as a skilled lab instructor after graduation. As much as Danielle enjoyed her time working for the paramedic program, a back injury and the birth of her children resulted in her making a career change and becoming a cardiac technician.

Ultimately, after a few years, Danielle missed teaching and encouraging students. When the opportunity to create a program from scratch came along, Danielle was up for the challenge.  Now, six years later the Boardman Training Center is thriving and Danielle loves connecting with the students by bringing her life experiences in the classroom. She wants each student to know that they are not alone, things happen, life gets in the way, but they can do anything they put their mind too!

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