Missouri State University - West Plains
Kenna Belcher

Kenna Belcher

  • Hometown: Pottersville, Missouri
  • Academic Program: Associate of Applied Science in Health Information Technology

Kenna Belcher

Kenna fulfills her dream of going to college at Missouri State-West Plains.


Why did you choose to attend Missouri State-West Plains?

I lost my job at Robertshaw after 12 years of working there. My dream was to go to college, and Robertshaw would pay for our schooling if we decided to go, so the bad turned into a blessing. Of course, I was excited and nervous being 37 years old. I wanted to pursue my dream with Missouri State-West Plains.

How would you describe your experience here?

My experience has been wonderful. The instructors and students are so helpful in making sure you succeed. All the instructors have helped me so much to better myself. They let you know that you can do this and will help you with support.

What has been your favorite thing about Missouri State-West Plains?

The instructors. It just amazes me how they help you succeed and give the references you need to help you study. The tutors never make you feel like you can’t do this. It’s a very friendly environment.

What has been your favorite course?

Health Information technology, the instructor Tresa Ryan helps us learn so much about the job we are going into. Tresa set us up with a tour at the hospital to see what different jobs we could be interested in and even had a guest speaker from OMC, Melonie Simpson, come and speak to our class. I thought was pretty amazing!

How have faculty and staff helped you during your time at Missouri State-West Plains?

They answer all questions you have. All the instructors have told me there is no such thing as a stupid question. They guide me to resources, such as writing and math tutors and TRiO, or answer any questions I have. The staff at the Lybyer help desk have helped me a lot and answered all my questions. Being older made me nervous, but after my first semester experience, I couldn’t ask for better people or staff to help me. Instructors want you to succeed and you will, you’ve just got to use the resources and you’ve got to want to learn.

How did you choose your major?

I always wanted to work in healthcare because I love helping people. I thought about being a nurse, but I can’t handle blood very well. I learned about Health Information Technology where I could still help people, and it is in healthcare. After going through my first semester, I am going to love this program. I am so thankful they have this program for students. My main goal is to help people in our community the best I can.

What have you learned from the health information department that will help you succeed in your education, career or life?  

I am in the processing of learning how to code for doctors and use medical terms for patients that will help me in my career. Also, in English, Alexandra Graham and Tresa Ryan have taught me how to find the research in how I can better myself and see all the things that are available for me in the medical coding field. I am very grateful for the Health Information Technology program and the instructors.

What are your plans after graduation?

I hope to be working for the hospital, OMC. I did a research essay for my English instructor, Alexandra Graham, where I got to do research at the behavioral clinic in West Plains. After visiting with them, I loved the environment and people were so helpful. I may like to work there if I can. My dream is working for OMC and helping and using my knowledge to help patients.