MCC student takes action to better mission work

March 2017

MCC Medical Assisting student Mitzi Moody.

“Giving up,” is not in this Mayland Community College student’s vocabulary. Mitzi Moody is now completing the Medical Assisting Program and getting ready to rock the world! From her home in Spruce Pine, Moody has traveled to India, Mexico and soon, Cuba, as a missionary with her husband of 38 years participating with Mission Explosion International. The mission provides humanitarian services, brings relief to villages in the form of food and drinkable water, helps restore life to villages devastated by tsunamis and hurricanes, builds clinics, orphanages, wells and even walls to keep out cobras and is working to stem the tide of child abuse and child trafficking. 

Moody started serving her local community as a radio announcer and newspaper reporter. Many people followed her WCYB TV 5 morning show where she talked about home and family projects. She worked for WECR as a disc jockey, then a news writer for a local paper - The Mountain Times. Moody was ever in search of a way to make a difference in the world, so she applied for a grant to build a crisis center and was awarded $500,000. Her dream could not be realized here in her home town, so she obtained a factory building (a $600,000 building that was donated to her for $1) and opened a homeless shelter/crisis center, which has served thousands over the years. With that mission accomplished, she decided to try her hand at journalism and started an online newspaper that become so popular it went into print and was eventually sold. 

In 2013, Moody went to work for The Orchard at Altapass. 

“It made me feel closer to my father, ‘Happy Feet’ Bob Aldridge,” said Moody. “He was a world champion flat foot clogger. I was his dance partner after my mother passed away with ALS.”

During her time at the Orchard, Moody was instrumental in preservation, by helping raise $1.5 million for the organization’s sustainability endowment.

In 2015, Moody, a mother of two with two grandchildren, made another decision to return to Mayland Community College to pursue a degree in Medical Assisting. She felt this would enable her to assist doctors in starting and operating clinics in her missions.

Moody found the Medical Assisting Program and the SOAR Program to be life-changing.

“We’re like a family,” Moody says. “We help each other out in class and keep in contact on social media. I love the Program and its director, Shannon Atkins, who teaches us everything from exam room procedures, assisting in surgery, drawing blood, giving injections, doing lab work and learning the business side of the medical office. It is such a diverse program that teaches you so many skills.”

Moody plans to use all her skills in her mission work, and has options to work locally in a medical office and in Orlando, FL.

“The SOAR Program is a great support group,” says Moody. “They help you with studying, test-taking skills, navigating college life, counseling, finding financial resources and transferring to four-year colleges. Every college student needs this help.”

Moody advises students to “follow their dreams, follow your heart, and find your place in this world. There is so much need and college opens doors for you to make a difference. Apply for financial aid and scholarships, join the SOAR Program, let people know what you’re doing and don’t give up. Help will be there and you will find a way.”

Moody continues to find new avenues to support her desire to help others, and the world is a better place for it.  

For more information on the SOAR Program at Mayland Community College, visit www.mayland.edu or call 828-766-1263. Registration for the Summer and Fall curriculum semesters opens March 27.