By Teresa Colby, Bloomington Center
The Bloomington Center is proud to announce the successful completion of study for Margaret Maclean and her certification in medical coding. On June 15, 2009 Maggie passed her national board certification exam for Certified Coding Associate (CCA).
This accomplishment marked the final goal of a 3 year plan with the College Internship Program that included courses of study at Ivy Tech State College, an internship at Volunteers in Medicine and countless hours of planning and preparation for her step into self-reliance and independence.
Maggie has been a role model of organization, planning, and focus for first year students both in her personal accomplishments and involvement with the Bloomington program. She serves as president of this year’s student council and actively participates in social planning and events. She is an outspoken proponent for disability rights and is a member of the Bloomington Community Council on Accessibility.
Maggie describes herself as dedicated and hard working. When asked about her skills and talents, Maggie stated, “I am comfortable with computers, meeting all deadlines and achieving consistent results. I enjoy hiking, listening to music and improving my mind through reading and school. Since I enjoy being around people, I am gratified by giving back to the community through volunteer activities, donating blood and doing church activities.”
Students and staff are elated by Maggie’s accomplishment and success in her journey towards independence. During the summer Maggie has been working at a University dormitory in their cafeteria. Now, she is busy job searching for a medical coder’s position in Bloomington.
As for the fall, Maggie will continue to receive services from CIP. She is looking forward to her next step towards independence as she prepares to move to an off campus apartment a few blocks from the center.
Congratulations Maggie! We knew you could do it!