POCA Membership drive homestretch! POCA Tech student’s perspective

All proceeds from the May 2017 POCA Co-op Membership Drive support POCA Tech! 


My name Kevin Uy, and I’m a first year student at POCA Technical Institute.  I was recently asked by the folks at the Community Acupuncture Project in West Seattle to describe my experiences as a student at POCA Tech.  Lisa and Skip (who are the school’s founders, and also created the community acupuncture clinic model) are top-notch people and truly committed to the idea of affordable acupuncture treatment for everyone.  The school’s instructors are a reflection of their vision.  I cannot say enough good things about them.  John, Courtney and Cerra-Mae are knowledgeable, caring, and easy to talk to.  The school curriculum is broken down in such a way that it is easy for me to understand, and it is applicable right away.  A lot of the acupuncturists that I have met say that compared to their first year of schooling, I am light years ahead in my studies.  This past module I just recently learned the NADA protocol for drug addiction and how to thread needles for scalp acupuncture.

There are 18 of us in my cohort, and I could not ask for better classmates.  We are all very supportive and helpful of each other.  Again, this is a reflection of Lisa and Skip’s leadership and vision.  Each and every one of my classmates are committed to bringing affordable acupuncture to our respective communities.  To show you how committed we are, 9 out of 18 students in my cohort are from out of state (Arizona, Colorado, Maine, New Hampshire, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Utah and Washington).  So that means we either drive or fly into Portland for our monthly 4-day classes.  In fact, three of my classmates have moved to Portland.  Now, that is commitment!  Don’t you think so?

We are now heading into the homestretch fundraiser drive for POCA Tech for the month of May.  POCA Tech is only made possible through donations and dedicated volunteers.  Our affordable tuition is largely subsidized by POCA Tech.  It is thru Lisa and Skip and these volunteers’ tireless dedication and sacrifices that there is a POCA Tech and community acupuncture clinics in the first place.  I also understand that I as a student of POCA Tech am riding on the coattails of their efforts while pursuing my acupuncture education at POCA Tech.  All I have to do is just follow the road that is already mapped out ahead in front of me.  If you have benefited from going to community acupuncture, I would like to ask your help in supporting the continued growth of POCA Tech.  This can be done by donations as little as $25 a year, or by becoming a sustainer for as little as $5 a month.  The membership pays for itself by providing a free treatment on your birthday, 3 coupons for free-treatments that you can share with friends or family good at any POCA clinic, and waived new patient fees at other POCA clinics.

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Thank you all for your support and making acupuncture affordable for everybody.


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