JJC Radiologic Technology Student Selected to Attend Industry Leadership Program

Edward May, a first year Joliet Junior College radiologic technology student and father of three, is one out of two students in Illinois who have been chosen to attend the American Society of Radiologic Technologists (ASRT) student leadership development program.JJC Radiologic Technology Student Selected to Attend Industry Leadership Program
May, a Bolingbrook resident, will attend the program in Albuquerque, N.M. from June 13-16.
“Edward is a great student. Everybody respects him. He does extremely well. He took it upon himself to apply for the ASRT program,” said Robert Verkler, professor of nursing and head of the radiologic technology program at JJC. “He is the first student to attend from JJC.”
May said he is glad to be studying radiologic technology at JJC. The work is a perfect fit for him because as a professional he will get to help patients in a timely manner.
He also enjoys the diversity of the career.
“I like this because no two days are the same,” he said.
When May applied for the ASRT student leadership development program, he wrote an essay about how he thought attending would promote the radiologic technology program at JJC. May continued his essay by explaining how much he wanted to meet leaders and mentors in the field.
“Leaders make leaders,” he said. “It’s an opportunity to get a foot hole in the field. I hope to get a broader view of the industry as a whole.”
There were 130 entries submitted for this opportunity from students across the country, with only 61 chosen to participate.
While in Albuquerque, May will get to be a part of the 2013 ASRT educational symposium and the ASRT Governance and House of Delegates meeting. The ASRT is the largest radiologic science association in the world, representing 150,000 members.
“The student leadership development program gives medical imaging and radiation therapy students the opportunity to experience firsthand how the ASRT governance process works,” said ASRT President Donna L. Thaler Long. “While in Albuquerque, students will participate in educational activities, network with radiology leaders and learn from seasoned radiologic technologists. It’s a great way for students to get involved early and jumpstart their careers.”
May said he is most looking forward to attending the ASRT House of Delegates meeting because it will help him get a better, broader idea of the issues in the industry. He is interested in hearing the viewpoints of ASRT leaders.
Verkler said he hopes May will come out of the program with a set of skills and templates that will not only help his resume, but will help his fellow classmates.
“It will be neat for him to bring that back to JJC,” Verkler said. Only 20 students are accepted into the radiologic technology program each year. There are 40 students currently enrolled in the two-year program at JJC.
May, who is in his mid-40s, said his family is very competitive. Now that he’s been chosen to attend the program, he’s set the bar pretty high for his daughter – a former JJC student – and two teenage sons. May added that his family is very supportive and proud of his recent accomplishment.
“They’d like to go with,” he laughed. “I told them, it’s not a vacation.”
Though the program lasts five days, May plans to network with professionals and find out what radiologic technologists do outside the hospital.
May thinks the radiologic technology program at JJC has a good reputation and great professors. When he does hands-on work at various clinical sites connected with JJC, he is always prepared.
“We have a very competitive program,” May said.
For more information about the radiologic technology program at JJC, call Verkler at 815-280-2244, email rverkler@jjc.edu, or visit the program’s webpage.
For more information about the ASRT and opportunities for radiologic technology students, visit www.asrt.org/students.

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