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SKCTC Real World Hero: Allie Manning

MIDDLESBORO– Allie Manning is learning first-hand the importance of a solid foundation. A 2010 graduate of Southeast’s Respiratory Care program, Manning, who works as a registered respiratory therapist (RRT) at Middlesboro ARH, says the education she received at Southeast was second to none.

“The professors are simply the best!” she said. “They truly aim to see each student succeed by being there to help, tutor, and encourage every step of the way. Being ready to enter the workforce with confidence is immeasurable.”

Her education has also given her the confidence to perform during the current COVID-19 pandemic.

“While this epidemic is new to us, and we are all learning something new every day, a basic knowledge is a firm building point,” said Manning. “I learned to always protect myself with the proper use of personal protective equipment-PPE, show compassion for patients, demonstrate that everyone deserves the best care possible, and, finally, to use my knowledge of ventilator management and infection control.”

Manning also serves as a clinical and lab instructor at Southeast’s Pineville Campus.

“I love my job as a clinical instructor and being able see results of students’ success. You can see the excitement in their eyes when they can apply the skills they have been learning,” she said.

“We are fortunate to have Allie as a member of our faculty and our local healthcare team,” said Southeast President Vic Adams. “Now more than ever, we need people like Allie in the field who have the knowledge and experience to help us through this time of uncertainty.”

Whether she is using her expertise to teach students or to treat patients, Manning’s first love is helping people.

“We see patients through all aspects of life: from a premature newborn to managing end of life situations. I am very thankful for the opportunities with which God has blessed me. The education I received at Southeast has taken me places I never dreamed I’d be!” said Manning.

That dedication will serve her well in the coming weeks as she and other healthcare professionals across the Commonwealth continue to put themselves in harm’s way to serve others.