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Yokum Named International College August Student of the Month

North Naples resident Loran Yokum II, 36, was named International College’s student of the month for August 2002.

Yokum, a medical assisting major, has been named to the dean’s list once since enrolling in Fall 2001. He currently has a 3.0 GPA.

This summer, medical assisting students knew who to turn to for extra help outside of class: Yokum. But Yokum wasn’t just helping a few students before or after class, he’d unselfishly come in on Saturdays and Sundays to assist and guide classmates.

Carlene Harrison, Medical Assisting Program Chair, nominated Yokum. She admits it was Yokum’s compassion that prompted her nomination.

“I couldn’t believe he volunteered like that. He did a great job,” Harrison said. “Loran is a very generous, giving individual who positively reflects the best of International College and the profession of medical assisting.”

Yokum takes the recognition in stride. He admits the mentoring started when he observed a fellow student struggling in class. He gave her his email and phone number and an offer to tutor her. She accepted his offer. Other students soon followed.

“I never thought about student of the month when I helped my classmates. If I were in their situation, I’d want help too. It was just the right thing to do,” said Yokum, who came to International College for career advancement.

Yokum has worked in the In-home healthcare field for 10 years. He now plans on pursuing a career in physician assisting. Yokum also will be awarded with a Neno J. Spagna Scholarship this fall.
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