CHIPLEY - A Florida Panhandle Technical College graduate was recently hired at a hospital in a neighboring county, a news release states.

Kensi Thomas was hired at Jackson Hospital in Marianna following her recent graduation from FPTC's medical coding program. The campus reports Thomas weathered tough times during her technical college career, but prevailed.

"We are proud of Kensi, who juggled children and battled illness, but fought hard and prevailed, finishing Medical Coding/Billing in exemplary fashion," said FPTC Instructor Robbin Wells.

Thomas has also obtained her certification in coding and billing and is a SkillsUSA officer, the release states.

"We are proud of the accomplishments of Kensi and all our students," said FPTC Director Martha Compton. "And we have many options, all of which successfully put people into our workforce every day here at Florida Panhandle Technical College and we are happy to say that we are a part of the solution."