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College, Confidence, and a Certification: Billee Lassiter’s CMA Success Story

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    Early in high school, Billee Lassiter knew she was interested in pursuing a healthcare career—possibly as an obstetrician. After coming to UTC and declaring a biochemistry major, she began researching how she could earn the required patient care hours for medical school. As Billee discovered that CMAs work alongside doctors and communicate with patients, she decided that she wanted to acquire her CMA certification. She enrolled in UTC’s Clinical Medical Assistant Academy, earned her CCMA certification, and is one step

A “Heart” for Healthcare: Shelby Harvey’s CMA Success Story

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  After spending time in a hospital as a Red Cross volunteer, Shelby Harvey quickly realized she wanted to work in healthcare. Her interest in cardiovascular health began to grow as she learned more about the human heart.   With hopes of pursuing a career as a physician’s assistant (PA), Shelby decided it would be wise to begin earning patient care hours for her PA school applications. After transferring to UTC in Fall 2020, she heard

Learning Law Across the World: Kamila Macedo’s Paralegal Success Story

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    As Kamila Macedo began working in a law office during her sophomore year of college, she became immensely interested in the legal field. A Brazillian native, she graduated from college and law school in Brazil—and began working as a full-time lawyer! Later, Kamila decided to move to the United States and become a paralegal in order to restart her legal career in a new country. She enrolled

A Call to Care: Heather Morrison’s CNA Success Story

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  After working as a long-term caregiver for over a year, Heather Morrison knew that she wanted to pursue a career focused on helping others. Before taking the full leap into healthcare, she decided to move forward with a small stepping stone—ensuring she was on the right route for her—by becoming a certified nursing assistant! Now, Heather is working at Parkridge as a CNA and using what she learned in UTC’s course in

From Student Intern to Full-Time Recruiter: Jonathan Moore’s SHRM Success Story

  As an undergraduate student at UTC, Jonathan Moore knew that he was interested in breaking into the business world. He decided to pursue a degree in business and administration management, but after gaining exposure to the HR field, he added another degree in human resources as well. His student internship in Erlanger Health System’s finance department allowed Jonathan to gain experience, make connections…and eventually begin a full-time HR

Checking All the Boxes: Stephanie Majoras’ 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