Occupational Therapy Graduation

On December 16, 21 students graduated from EHOVE Adult Career Center’s Occupational Therapy Assistant program.  The Class of 2015 is now on their way to fulfilling and exciting careers.  Occupational therapy assistants, or OTAs, are essential to helping individuals with developmental disabilities or recovery issues navigate their way through activities of daily living in their every-day surroundings and life.

  • Susan M. Lukachko (Amherst)
  • Ashley N. Simmons (Ashland)
  • Samantha Michelle Steiger (Avon)
  • Dustine Sanker (Avon Lake)
  • Rebecca Stith (Berlin Heights)
  • Dina Piatak (Brunswick)
  • Lynn M. Zepp (Brunswick)
  • Mary Garvin (Cleveland)
  • Kelly M. Long (Elyria)
  • Mindea Wharton (Elyria)
  • Molly Stout (Grafton)
  • Thomas Glenn Whitesel (Grafton)
  • Josh Hurlbut (Lorain)
  • Marilyn Laboy (Lorain)
  • Ashly Scheiman (Middleburg Hts)
  • Kathleen Scheiman (Middleburg Hts)
  • Lynn Grant (Norwalk)
  • Sarah E. Bonness (Oberlin)
  • Kathleen E. Dickinson (Olmsted Falls)
  • Kathleen Gainous (Parma)
  • Ashley Lugo (Wellington)

A full album of photos from the graduation ceremony is available at EHOVE's Adult Ed Facebook page.

 “The OTA program at EHOVE is very good,” said OTA student Susan Lukachko of Amherst.  “I learned so much, and they prepare you well for going out into field work.  I am very blessed to be a part of this program.  It’s a great opportunity for my next step in life.” 

“This program is very good,” said OTA student Marilyn Laboy of Lorain.  “I learned a lot, and I know I will have a great career.” 

"All graduates are working as COTAs (Certified Occupational Therapy Assistants) except one, which is a placement rate of 97.7%," said OTA Program Director Barb Haase.  "All of our past 43 graduates have a 100% pass rate on the National Certification test.”

The program is two years in length with the last four months being full time fieldwork placements with occupational therapists in various schools, hospitals and skilled nursing facilities.  Each and every graduate has a unique goal that inspires them as they take their next step into the employment world of occupational therapy. 

“My goal is to work at the Cleveland Clinic Rehab Center because my interest is in stroke patients and spinal cord injury,” said Lukachko. 

“My passion is in pediatrics-that’s where I want to be,” said OTA student Kelly Long of Elyria. 

If you or someone you know would like to enroll for the next Occupational Therapy Assistant program, contact EHOVE Adult Career Center at (419) 499-4663 x280.