New Medical Assistant: Velena Schofield

Velina ShowfieldMs. Scholfield was sponsored by DARS and really applied herself. She made top grades and was an inspiration to her fellow students. Good job Ms. Sholfield. She will do well.

Medical Assistant Graduate: Ms. Joan Mitchell

Joan MitchellWe are so proud of Ms. Joan Mitchell who gradated from our Medical Assistant Program! She worked very hard, and in a short amount of time, was showing the new students how to perform phlebotomy sticks, injections, and performing ECG’s! She is going to go far and we are very, very proud of her and happy to have had her as a student.


New Medical Assist. Graduate – Ms. Alexis Florencio

2014-05-02 13.05.43We are very proud of Ms. Alexis Florencio in her accomplishments. She worked hard and did great at her hands-on activities in her Medical Assistant Program. She started about 7 months ago. She just completed her externship and as such, has completed her Medical Assistant Program. We wish her the best in her endeavors and working as a Medical Assistant.

Way to go Alexis!

May is Elder Abuse Prevention Month

elder abuseMay is Elder Abuse Prevention Month. It’s a good reminder for all Texans to look out for and to help those in our communities who are elderly or have disabilities. After all, it’s everyone’s business to stop adult abuse, neglect, and exploitation.

Adult Protective Services is joining with many community, civic, and professional groups during May to raise awareness and understanding about adult abuse and neglect through conferences, presentations, and other events.

You can learn more here about events that are scheduled this month.

Partnership with National Institute of Social Media (#NISM)

NISM Education Network MemberThe Learning Pad is proud to announce that it has partnered with National Institute of Social Media (NISM),  the first and only organization to offer industry educational standards for the social media field, to release expert-facilitated curriculum that fills the need for a comprehensive social media educational program. The NISM Social Media Strategist (SMS) Certification course will be available in May of 2014.


NNM-2014“Enjoy the Taste of Eating Right” is the theme for National Nutrition Month® 2014. Consumer research confirms that taste tops nutrition as the main reason why one food is purchased over another. While social, emotional and health factors also play a role, the foods people enjoy are likely the ones they eat most. This year’s key messages for NNM focus on how to combine taste and nutrition to create healthy meals that follow the Dietary Guidelines recommendations.

National Nutrition Month is a nutrition education and information campaign created annually in March by the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. The campaign focuses attention on the importance of making informed food choices and developing sound eating and physical activity habits. To learn more about this initiative, click HERE.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event

The Staff and Students of The Learning Pad are glad to be participating with the City of Austin for their “National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day Event” Below are details on the event, we hope as many as possible come out to support.

National Black HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NBHADD) represents an opportunity to remember lost loved ones, empower our communities and impact our future. To commemorate the occasion, the Austin/Travis County Health & Human Services Department’s HIV Prevention program invites the public to attend free HIV testing as well as receive other health care services.

When: Saturday, February 8, 2014 at 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
Where: HEB-Springdale Shopping Center parking lot
7112 Ed Bluestein Blvd.
Austin, TX. 78723

Why: There are 4 focal points for the event: Get Educated Get Tested, Get Involved and Get Treated. This year marks the 14th observance of NBHAAD. Of all racial and ethnic groups in the United States, HIV and AIDS affects African Americans the most. In 2009, an estimated 16,741 Blacks were diagnosed with AIDS in the US. HIV is the ninth leading cause of death for all Blacks and the third leading cause of death for both Black men and Black women aged 35–44.

The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services is partnering with local AIDS Services Organizations and local businesses that share the goals of prevention, screening and treatment. In addition to presentations, there will be singing and dancing. Those who get tested will also be placed in a drawing for door prizes donated by partners.

Guest Speakers:

* Nelson Linder, NAACP/Austin President
* Sheryl Cole, Austin Mayor Pro Tem

Community Partners: Huston-Tillotson University, AIDS Services of Austin, ATCIC-CARE program , HEB, Superior Printing, The Wrighthouse Wellness Center and the Texas Black Women’s Initiative.

For more information: contact Clyde Boyd at 512-972-5636 or
To schedule a screening, contact the HIV Prevention Program at 512-972-5580 or the STI Clinic at 512-972-5430. More information can also be found at

Great Healthcare Open House!

We want to thank all that was apart of our Healthcare Open House on January 17th! The Blood & Tissue Centers bus and the City of Austin among many others were here to not only disperse needed information, but also provide testing and a blood drive.

We look forward to doing this again next quarter and hope more people come out and take advantage of it!

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Launch into the New Year – Health, Safety, & Wellness Open House!

Happy New Year from all at The Learning Pad!!

From all at The Learning Pad we hope that 2014 brings you happiness and health. New Years are a GREAT time to re-focus on ourselves and our Health, Safety, & Wellness.

And to help that along, The Learning Pad will be hosting for the Austin community:

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Launching into the New Year: Focus on your Health, Safety, & Wellness!

January 17th, 2014

 The Learning Pad is excited to be hosting various speakers and organizations between 8:00 am and 5:00 pm that are devoted to your wellness, whether it be your personal being, your career, or  your technology. So take a look at our speaker series that day, and see what seminar/demonstration you would like to attend. Just call us at 512-610-7600 or email us at and we can put you on the roster for the seminar you want to attend. Also various organizations will be on-site for you to come take advantage of, and contribute to. Register onsite for free prizes!

image001The Blood & Tissue Center Bloodmobile will be here between 10:00 am – 2:00 pm accepting blood donations. Please sign up online: Click on the ‘Donate Blood Log-In’ tab at the bottom left of the page. Once you’ve completed the Donor Log-In step, you will be directed to your Donor Home Page. Select the ‘Donate Now’ tab at the top of the page. Under the Quick Links Column located on the left, select the Search by Group Code option, enter our specific group code: B526. As seen in the Austin American Statesman, they are in need of type O blood donors. Read article HERE.

sawyer2Reglue Non-Profit will be here to provide FREE COMPUTER DIAGNOSTICS for your laptop or tower you bring in. Any problem you are facing whether your computer has slowed down, or is broken, they can figure it out for you. Let them take a look at it, free of charge. Also Reglue will accept older computer, refurbish them, and donate them to underprivileged students in the Central Texas Region. PLEASE support their efforts and bring in an extra computer you might have and not using. These kids could use them for homework and learning. These are for kids in K-12. 


Capital Area Food Bank - Please assist others by providing a non-perishable food item. If you  would rather provide a financial contribution, please click hereThe Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, a 501c(3) non-profit, is the largest hunger-relief charity in Central Texas providing food and grocery products, nutrition education and social services outreach to 300,000 clients each year through a network of 300 Partner Agencies.

city of austinCity of Austin – HIV/STD Testing - The Austin/Travis County Health and Human Services Department (HHSD) promotes and protects a healthy community through the use of best practices and community partnerships. They will be providing FREE HIV testing for all who are interested between the hours of 8:30am – 3:00pm.

The Learning Pad – Our instructors & students will be preforming FREE vitals. Come get  your blood pressure checked!

greg8073Legend Dental - Will be onsite providing FREE Dental Screening. Come and check out the health of your teeth and gums!

Elizabeth Hebert/AJJC Bodyworkers – Providing FREE 5 minute chair massages and explaining the health benefits of massage therapy.

Mikal Abdulla w/ AJJC – Providing FREE demonstrations and explanation of the health benefits of  Jui Jitsu

Robert Green w/ Life Sustaining Training – Providing CPR demonstrations and explanations of how to get certified!

lone star circle of careLone Star Circle of Care – Their outreach coordinator will be here to help all understand the new healthcare laws and what is best for YOU! Come and get answers to all your questions and be provided guidance to make wise insurance choices for you and your family.

Speaker/Demonstrations (Each will be 20-30 min. in length)

(To learn more about the speakers, please click on their name) :

10amRobert Green w/life Sustaining Training“The Benefits of a CPR Ready City!”

11amKen Starks w/ REGLUE: “How to migrate Friends and Family to Linux”

12 noonMikal Abdulla w/ AJJC: “The Health Benefits of Jui Jitsu”

1pmKenneth Dublin w/The Learning Pad: “The benefits of using open-source software in business & personal life”

2pmElizabeth Hebert w/AJJC Bodyworkers: “Benefits of BodyWork Massage”

3pm – Catherine Jewell/Career Coach: “Bold Career Moves- How to build courage to advance your prof. life.”

Welcome Students from Allison Elementary School!

allison-dragon-lgOn Thursday, May 30th, The Learning Pad will be hosting the 5th grade class from Allison Elementary School for a tour. Allison Elementary School is participating with Travis County HUB Dept. in a tour of local businesses.

Of the tour they will be learning about all the technology and healthcare opportunities that are before them in education and work. Also they will learn how they can be apart of our upcoming "Kids Summer Computer Camp".

We look forward to seeing the kids!