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OJC Press Release ID: 2808

Monday, June 11, 2018

Health Navigator Pinning Ceremony


On May 4, 2018, the Health Navigator Program at OJC held their annual pinning ceremony. A total of nine students were pinned. Two students were pinned as Community Health Workers and seven were pinned as Health Navigators.

“I am incredibly proud of all of the student’s accomplishments.” Kaysie Schmidt, health navigator faculty, said. “This pinning is an exciting step in their career. Being a Community Health Worker or Health Navigator can be an exciting and rewarding career option.”

Students receiving pins included: Robert Arguello, La Junta; Josh Collins-Redd, La Junta; Misti Collins-Redd, La Junta; Michael Curtis, La Junta; Ashley Garcia, Rocky Ford; Robert Legh-Page, La Junta; Tony Harviston, La Junta; Angela Leonard, Las Animas, and Rebekah Mazarella, La Junta.

“Community Health Workers and Health Navigators assist clients, in a variety of settings serving as facilitators, advocates, and referral professionals linking them to health care and related social services,” said Schmidt. “I am so proud of the students that were pinned. They worked hard for this achievement and will be a great addition to the healthcare field.”

The program can be completed in two years of full-time study. The first year students will earn a certificate as a Community Health Worker; the second year they will earn their Associate of Applied Science degree in Health Navigation. OJC also offers a distance learning option to become a Health Navigator. This means students can learn from home with full access to OJC faculty for support. Scholarships and financial aid are available for students who qualify.

Now is the time to get registered for classes in pursuit of a career as a Health Navigator. For more information on the Health Navigator program at OJC or to register for classes, contact Kaysie Schmidt at 719-384-6854 or


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Pictured are OJC students who were enrolled in the Community Health Worker program or Health Navigator program at their pinning ceremony on May 4. Back row (l-r): Ron Striegel, Faculty; Robert Arguello, La Junta; Misti Collins-Redd, La Junta; Robert Legh-Page, La Junta; Tony Harviston, La Junta; Michael Curtis, La Junta, and Kaysie Schmidt, Faculty. Front Row: (l-r) Josh Collins-Redd, La Junta; Angela Leonard, Las Animas; Lavona Tyscka, Success Coach, and Ashley Garcia, Rocky Ford. Not pictured is Rebekah Mazarella, La Junta.