Ross Medical Education Center celebrates seven years in Ontario

ONTARIO -- Ross Medical Education Center celebrated its seventh anniversary in Ontario this week with a ribbon cutting ceremony.

The center, located at 2150 W 4th St. beside Old Navy, offered its first class on June 25, 2012, and has since graduated hundreds of students from its three programs: Medical assistant, pharmacy technician and medical insurance billing and office administration.

“Definitely an in-demand field in our community. We know that there’s a lot of medical jobs that are being added continually, so this is definitely a much needed facility,” said Jodie Perry, Richland Area Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development president.

Campus director Michelle Peters estimated the Ontario branch of the Ross Medical Education Center typically has approximately 50 or 60 students. But as of lately, the total number of students has grown to more than 100 at any given time.

“A lot of our students are students without time to do, or that don’t want to do, a two-year or four-year program,” Peters said. “This is a good option for them because they can get their diploma in as little as seven months.”

Classes are offered morning, afternoon and evening. New classes begin on a regular basis, so students can quickly start their education.

“Our very first class was June 25, 2012. They graduated Jan. 28, 2013, and since then, we’ve been going in full force,” Peters said.

Ross Medical Education Center is headquartered in Michigan and has more than 40 locations in states including Ohio, West Virginia, Kentucky and Alabama.

“Ross just isn’t a place where students come to find a job. They come here to find a career,” Peters said. “While they’re here, our goal is to transform them into their professional selves.”