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Dover Campus Director of Education Honored with CDCC Award Nomination

harris school dover DE, surgical technology, young professional of the year nomineeThis member of the campus community has been recognized for her leadership

Latasha Stamas, the Director of Education at the Dover campus of the Harris School of Business, has been honored with a nomination for Young Professional of the Year by the Central Delaware Chamber of Commerce (CDCC). She has been on staff at the Dover Campus for six years.

A certified surgical technologist, Ms. Stamas began at Harris as a surgical technology instructor, and soon was promoted to program manager. Part of her responsibilities in that role were to help the program gain accreditation from the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES) in 2014. This involved nearly six months of preparing reports and gathering relevant information. Among Stamas’s tasks for this purpose—which she describes as “a little of everything”—were to:

  • review curriculum and textbooks that student use in the program
  • document the certification pass rate and student retention rate
  • work closely with all instructors to ensure that each had his/her certification and necessary teaching credentials
  • examine the conditions of the clinical skill laboratory where students practice before they go out on externships.
  • compile lists of events and programs, including guest lectures, field trips, and meetings
  • perform visits to clinical externship sites.

The certification that she helped the school to achieve is valid for 10 years.

In January 2016 Stamas was promoted to the position of Director of Education for the Dover campus. In her current role, Stamas monitors retention rates and ensures that the staff has what they need to teach their classes. “I update syllabi, work with students on scheduling, and help to ensure that Student Services offers each student everything they need to succeed at Harris,” she says. This includes anything from housing and childcare (the campus offers free childcare at Mom’s House) to transportation. “We’re pleased to partner with RideShare Delaware, so that students can carpool within a 10–15-mile radius of where they live,” Stamas adds. Through DART First State many students can also obtain eligibility for free or discounted bus passes. “For students trying to make a change, we know that life happens,” she says. “So we’re trying to give them every opportunity to succeed at what they are taking on at school, so they never give up on themselves.”

Stamas is also a volunteer for the Delaware Medical Reserve Corps (DMRC), which responds to local public health emergencies (such as tornadoes), with services like temporary shelter facilities and urgent medical care. She attends many of the free medical training sessions that DMRC offers, and then uses the knowledge she’s gained to provide in-service programs for the Dover instructors, so they can learn the same techniques.

Certified as a surgical technologist in 2009, Stamas received her BA in Allied Health and Leadership from Clarion University of Pennsylvania in 2016. Among her other current initiatives is organizing the campus to take part in a walk in October to raise money for type-1 diabetes, sponsored by the Juvenile Diabetes Research Fund. She began work in mid-May and is now planning bake sales that will work towards a fundraising goal.

Stamas says she was “shocked” when she heard the news from the CDCC. “It’s an honor just to be nominated,” she says. She is among some good competition for the award. The other nominees include a member at the Delaware State Housing Authority and the advertising manager at the Delaware State News. The ceremony for the 2017 Excellence in Business Awards will be held on June 22 at Dover Downs Hotel and Casino. Members of the CDCC are eligible to vote until May 23. Join us in rooting for Ms. Stamas!

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This post is part of the weekly blog of the Harris School of Business. Find out more about the various professional programs we offer at eight campuses located in New Jersey, Delaware, Connecticut, and Pennsylvania.