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Checking All the Boxes: Stephanie Marjoras’ Phlebotomy Tech Success Story

  Stephanie Majoras worked in the hospitality industry for over 25 years. While she enjoyed her job and succeeded in her role, she decided to make a long-awaited career change during the pandemic. After researching career options, Stephanie decided to switch from the profession she had known her entire adult life to become a phlebotomy tech, as the field “checked all her boxes.” Since then, she took UTC’s Phlebotomy

More Than Hiring & Firing: Carrie Barham’s SHRM Success Story

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  After earning her bachelor’s degree in health services administration, Carrie Barham never expected to have built a human resources career 20 years later. Her experience working at a few health insurance companies eventually led Carrie to begin working in benefits and becoming an HR professional! Now, Carrie works at National Aerospace Solutions as a Health and Welfare administrator—and has the SHRM designation beside her name to prove that hard works pay off.    Marah: What

Finding Success & Solutions: Satish Patel’s PMP Success Story

As a Capability Delivery Manager for Tennessee Valley Authority, Satish Patel focuses on delivering project management solutions for various units in his company. By becoming a PMP-certified leader, Satish uses what he learned throughout the certification process to find more effective and efficient solutions than ever before!  Marah: Why did you pursue the PMP certification?  Satish: Years ago, I created an individual development plan where I decided that pursuing PMP certification was one of my career goals. I knew that what I learned through certification would help

Preparing for a Dental Career: Nathan Wagoner’s Phlebotomy Tech Success Story

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    As a current college student studying biology, Nathan Wagoner is not waiting until after graduation to begin taking steps toward his long-term goals. Aspiring to become a dentist, Nathan decided to begin earning hands-on experience in the medical field by becoming a phlebotomy tech.       Marah: What did you enjoy most about UTC’s Phlebotomy Tech course?  Nathan: The course is very serious because you’re dealing with blood. There’s an

A Graduate With Goals: Jason Gaddy’s SHRM Success Story

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  When Jason Gaddy began undergrad at UTC in 2016, he didn’t have his heart set on a specific degree program. All Jason knew was that he enjoyed interacting with people and getting to know them on a personal level. Based off those desires, he chose to pursue a degree—and career—in human resources. After serving as a City of Chattanooga’s Office of Multicultural Affairs intern in 2019, he became

Retail and Military Experience Turned Supply Chain Career: Raul Soto’s CSCP Success Story

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  Raul Soto recently began studying supply chain in a formal setting, but he is no stranger to the supply chain field itself. For ten years, he worked in the grocery business and learned about inventory, vendor interaction, and consumer behavior. Then, his time in the U.S. Marine Corps taught him about logistics and how to prepare for logistical movements. Raul was recently featured on Chris Barnes’ Supply Chain

Building Career Confidence: Brian Clont’s PMP Success Story

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  Brian Clonts’ career is the epitome of working one’s way up the professional ladder. After beginning his career as a non-destructive technician, Brian became a senior technician, a superintendent, a project manager, and is now serving as the materials department manager in Terracon’s Chattanooga office. As a self-proclaimed “manager of project managers,” Brian uses what he learned in UTC’s PMP Exam Prep course to make sure his company’s project management processes flow smoothly.       Marah:

UPS Driver Turned Healthcare Worker: Hal Wright’s CNA Success Story

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  While working as a UPS driver, Hal Wright served on UPS’s health and safety committee. During that time, Hal researched ways to improve the health and well-being of the drivers and realized that he enjoyed learning about healthcare. He decided to go back to school and become an RN, and in his pursuit of gaining experience for an RN program, decided to take UTC’s Certified Nursing Assistant course! Interestingly enough,

Ray-Bans and Logistics: Raul Maya’s CSCP Success Story

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    After earning his bachelor’s degree in Industrial Engineering from the Universidad del Noroeste, Raul Maya began working in logistics. He’s stayed in the field throughout his career but has had the opportunity to work in different environments, such as in the warehouse for General Motors and currently in the retail industry as the Senior Director of Engineering (Automation & Innovation) for Luxottica. (You can think Raul for

From Cruise Ship Counselor to Cruise Ship HR Manager: Gabe Biser’s SHRM Certification Story

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  When Gabriel Biser began working on a Disney cruise ship as a youth counselor, he never imagined that his path would lead him to become a SHRM-certified human resources professional. As he climbed the Disney ladder from counselor to youth training coordinator to HR liaison, Disney offered Gabe a position that would allow him to keep expanding his HR expertise. After a few years at Disney, he continued to gain experience working in HR at theme parks such