HONOLULU -- Tripler Army Medical Center's Clinical Support Division staff had the opportunity to take 13 medical administrative assistants visiting from Hawaii Job Corps on a tour of the hospital and learn more about their prospective career field, April 22.

The tour was aimed to educate the aspiring assistants on medical support assistant front desk duties and responsibilities. Areas toured included OB-GYN, Radiology, the Department of Medicine, the information desk and reception areas, and central appointments.

Health administrators from each section coordinated a section walk-thru where the mission, explanation of duties and introduction to supervisors and staff were completed.

"We learn something new every day as a trainee in the Job Corps and (while) I learn a lot from my instructors and classmates, the tour of Tripler was a different story," said Vera Togi, Hawaii Job Corps trainee. "Having fellow health care administrators take us on the tour through the different clinics and types of patient rooms was educational, interesting and inspiring."

Additionally, the aspiring assistants viewed a video presentation that re-emphasized Tripler's commitment to customer service.

The tour ended with an out brief and question and answer session, where many students asked about job opportunities and career growth.

"Seeing the facility in action was a complete eye opener to the medical field," explained De-Anna Taijeron, Hawaii Job Corps trainee who is now considering a future career with the Navy. "The (visit) helped give me more of the direction I would like to pursue in the medical field and helped broaden my mind to the different careers available."

About the Hawaii Job Corps
Job Corps is the nation's largest residential education and vocational training program for the economically disadvantaged youth. It is a U.S. Department of Labor program, established in 1964, that provides thousands of students every year with hands-on training in America's fastest growing careers.

The Hawaii Job Corps Center supports the Job Corps program's mission of teaching eligible young people the skills they need to become employable and independent and placing them in meaningful jobs or further education.