NCMC and North Central Missouri Psychological Services Partner to Offer Services
North Central Missouri College faculty, Dr. Lindsay Oram was recently recruited to participate in the ECHO (Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes) project launched by the University of Missouri Thompson Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders. The project uses telehealth technology to train and then to support providers as a way to increase access to diagnose and care for children with autism particularly those in the underserved communities.
The result of Dr. Oram’s specialized training, a partnership with NCMC and North Central Missouri Psychological Services to provide psychological assessment services on the NCMC campus and the local community. The partnership is designed to address the shortage of psychological assessment services in the region. Dr. Kristen Alley, NCMC Associate Vice President of Student Affairs states, “We are excited about this new partnership and the ability to provide local testing services for our students, as well as have them available for surrounding schools and communities. Dr. Oram is well-qualified and this collaboration will be a great addition to the services provided in our area.” Specific assessments services include learning disability testing and cognitive testing (gifted or intellectual disability). Functional behavior assessments and behavioral consultations are available upon request. Additional services will be added in the future, including Autism Spectrum Disorder testing, Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder testing, and behavioral, social, and emotional screening. Therapy services will not be offered. Private pay and insurance billing options are available. Please contact Lindsay Oram, Ph.D. at (660)373-0904 or firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about services.
Korynn Skipper, MSN; RN and NCMC Director of Practical Nursing Programs
Why did you choose NCMC?
NCMC’s nursing program was highly respected, close to home and a place where I could use my A+.
What do/did you like best about NCMC?
I loved my nursing instructors!
Do you have any advice for current or prospective students?
Yes! I recommend anyone interested in the nursing profession to seriously considered going through an associate degree nursing program like NCMC. There is not a difference in entry level pay or position between an associate degree nurse or one with their bachelor’s degree, plus students can enter the profession in two years. With this said, we do encourage all of our students to continue their nursing education and have numerous articulation agreements with four-year institutions to aid in that pursuit.
What was your first job after graduating or attending NCMC?
Registered Nurse working night shift on the Medical-Surgical floor at Cameron Regional Medical Center; although, it was Cameron Community Hospital at the time.
What do you like best about your current job?
What are you most proud of (personal or professional) and why?
Personally, I am the proud momma of two wonderful children. Daryian is 21 and a senior at Missouri Western in St. Joseph. Camden is 10 and a fourth grader at Pleasant View R-6.
Professionally, I take great pride in working as a nurse educator. I’m blessed with the opportunity to get to have our students in their very first and last semester of nursing school. The transition I witness in each and every student is amazing and I am honored to get to share in that experience. Additionally, I have had the pleasure of working with many of my past nursing students. Watching these nurses interact with their clients while implementing excellent problem-solving abilities and nursing skills makes me one proud nurse educator.
The Voyage Fund, our first annual campaign, was established as a mechanism for funding many initiatives in our strategic plan such as: increasing the general scholarship fund; funding lab and library improvements, campus technology enhancement, faculty and staff professional development opportunities; establishing new co-curricular programs such as music and drama, as well as assisting students traveling to conferences; and many other areas where we either have lost funding or have a need to fill regarding a new NCMC program.
Having good supporters of NCMC is extremely important. We spend wisely and have deep appreciation for what we have. We have as fine a faculty and staff as does any college. Please take a moment to explore our website or contact NCMC Development staff directly to receive information by mail that demonstrates just what we do. With these things in mind, we kindly ask for your consideration and action to support NCMC through the NCMC Foundation’s Voyage Fund.
The NCMC Library continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of our students and faculty. With the remodel of Geyer, our library is completely user friendly and adaptable to whatever needs our students might have. The quiet study rooms are in constant use, as an example of how the library accommodates the students individually or in groups. We work very hard to find ways to reach our students to offer our assistance. Our students can use Text a Librarian, Ask a Librarian, call us, email and, of course, walk right in to see us with our expanded hours! Students want and need, almost instantaneous help, and when they use Text a Librarian or Ask a Librarian, we are able to answer their questions immediately! Our library databases are available on our website 24/7 and we created self-help tutorials to walk the student through how to use each one to find that perfect, reputable article they need.
The NCMC library now includes the Testing Center. It is a natural fit for our Library because we ensure that the students can take tests in a professional, safe, and welcoming environment. Our Testing Center includes visual and audio capabilities to maintain the integrity of our tests. The Testing Center will continue to grow as we increase the number of tests we have available for our students to take, and also tests that our community members might need to take. The number of students who use our resources daily continues to grow and we love every minute of it!
New Programs Added
NCMC has recently added several new programs to better serve students and regional employers. The new Associate in Applied Science in Behavioral Health is a two-year program that prepares students to collaborate with mental health professionals and interact with clients having behavioral and mental health diagnoses. Graduates can seek employment at treatment and rehabilitation centers, substance abuse counseling agencies, half-way houses, correctional facilities, parole and probation, drug court, retirement facilities, schools, and other human service agencies. The Behavioral Health Support program is offered at the North Belt Center location in Country Club, Missouri and can also be completed entirely online.
The college has also added three new “stackable” business-related certificates: Agricultural Business, Business Management Essentials, and Business Technology Essentials. These short-term programs can be completed in a semester or two for those seeking immediate employment, and they can also be used as electives for students planning to transfer to another school with an Associate in Arts. More new programs are in the works and enrollment is up this year. We are always happy to answer questions about all the things we have going on at the college.
We hope you are excited to see your alma mater grow, and want you to know you are always welcome to stop by for a visit. If you want to get involved in other ways, you might consider volunteering at a college event, helping out in other ways with your time or a donation, or spreading the word about all the great things going on at NCMC.
NCMC’s Shooting Club
Students interested in shooting sports can enjoy the activities of one of NCMC’s newest student organizations. NCMC’s Shooting Club formed in 2017 to offer students the opportunity to enjoy firearm shooting sports. Initially focusing on clay target shooting, many of the events take place at the Trenton Trap & Skeet Range. As a student-led organization, participants can benefit from leadership opportunities while practicing organizational and interpersonal skills.
In addition to shooting practice rounds and local contests, club members are researching and forming teams in hopes of competing in regional trapshooting competitions. Tentative community service and fundraising events may include hosting an area competition for high school and FFA shooting teams.