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From Child Care to Clinicals: David Krueger’s Phlebotomy Tech Success Story

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  As a day care teacher, David Krueger spent his time creating lesson plans and reading stories to his students. While he enjoyed the eight years he spent in the child care field, David wanted a career change and was interested in healthcare. He knew doctors who suggested that he look into pursuing phlebotomy tech because it’s a great way to learn foundational medical field skills. David had a friend who completed UTC’s Phlebotomy Tech course and encouraged

Following Her Passions: Kyla Jolly’s Paralegal Success Story

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  Kyla Jolly began her undergrad career at UTC, like many incoming freshmen, wondering what major to declare. After her freshman year classes, Kyla would go home and turn on the TV to watch investigative shows. One day, she thought to herself, “Why don’t I do that and work in law? It’s thrilling!” She declared a major in criminal justice and fell in love with the content she was learning. Kyla graduated from UTC in

A Heart for Healthcare: Victoria Graham’s CMA Success Story

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  After working as a CNA in high school, Victoria Graham knew that healthcare was exactly where she wanted to be. She enjoyed her time serving on the Red Cross disaster relief team and later working as the office manager at her husband’s dental practice, but she itched to work directly with patients again. With the current COVID circumstances and shortage of healthcare workers, Victoria wanted to begin working

Logistics and the Legal Field: Meredith Chester’s Paralegal Success Story

  After spending several years overseas working as an educator and editor, Meredith Chester decided to take a leap of faith and move back to the States…while ALSO changing her career! Upon moving back, she took a career aptitude test recommended by her dad. The results showed that a legal career would not only be fulfilling for Meredith but also suit her strengths and personality. Meredith discovered that the

A Casual Hobby Turned New Profession: Justin Mayhew’s CompTIA ITF Success Story

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    Having worked in the banking industry for his entire career, Justin Mayhew implemented his IT hobby into his work from time to time by building mobile banking apps. When the pandemic hit, he decided to turn his hobby into a new profession. Justin enrolled in UTC’s CompTIA ITF course to sharpen his foundational IT skills. Now, he has plans to continue expanding his IT knowledge as he

From Professional Drummer to Supply Chain Director: Gene Pledger’s CSCP Success Story

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  Many experiences have led Gene Pledger to where he is now. After working as a professional musician for over a decade, he transferred into the graphic design space for almost 20 years. After his graphic design tenure, Gene decided he wanted to pursue a new career and began working in procurement. He now serves as the supply chain director for D&F Equipment Sales in Crossville, Alabama. Gene’s story

Student Success Story: Kayla Brown, PMP

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  While many people associate project management with industries like construction and information technology, it is actually used in almost every industry–including design. Former PMP Exam Prep student Kayla Brown uses her project management knowledge while serving as the project manager for Simple Focus, a design agency. I recently sat down with Kayla to hear about how she is implementing PMP practices to create smoother experiences for her organization

Student Success Story: Laura Bramell, Medical Billing & Coding

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Laura Bramell’s story is one full of beautiful optimism and hope. She has never let living with Asperger’s syndrome stop her from accomplishing her goals. Laura has faced other challenges throughout her life; for example, five years ago, she started suffering from horrible migraines. The 24/7 headache tensions would often leave her bedridden for days at a time. But, with the help of incredible doctors and her own determination,

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Student Success Story: Chris Donahue, CMA

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    After a life-changing event, Chris Donahue experienced an epiphany regarding his career. He realized he wanted an occupation where he could help others and make a difference in the world. Chris decided to transition into working in healthcare, and his journey began when he enrolled in UTC’s Clinical Medical Assistant course.   Marah: Why did you choose UTC’s Clinical Medical Assistant course over other similar courses? Chris:

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Student Success Story: Sandra Cordell, PMP

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  After earning an undergraduate degree in finance from UTC, Sandra Cordell had no idea that her career path would lead her back to a UTC classroom eight years later. While working as an administrative assistant in UTC’s Gary W. Rollins College of Business post-graduation, she coordinated a couple of small events. Upper management noticed her talent for planning and asked her if she would become the project and