Life dealt a harsh blow to Tracy and her husband, and they found themselves out of work, and running out of hope. She heard about Jeremiah’s Hope Academy, applied, and was accepted into the Clinical Medical Assistant Program. During the program, she fulfilled her clinical experience requirement at the St. Vincent’s East Family Practice. Completing the program, and successfully passing her national certification examinations in EKG Technician, Phlebotomy and Clinical Medical Assistant, combined with her experience at the clinic, opened the door to her employment as a Clinical Medical Assistant in the very clinic where she completed her training. Tracy said, “The Academy prepared me a great deal with classroom and skills training for the workplace. I recommend people all the time. I tell them what Jeremiah’s Hope is all about, and that it’s a great program.”
An automobile accident left Gregory Rice in critical condition, and temporarily paralyzed from the neck down with traumatic brain injury. Treatment and years of therapy allowed him to learn to walk and function, with slightly diminished capacity. With much determination and support from his family, he completed his college degree. Thankful for the care he received in the hospital ICU, he wanted to care for others through a career in healthcare. Greg completed the JHA Patient Care Assistant program and now works as an Operating Room Assistant at the St. Vincent’s Birmingham Hospital.
At her granddaughter’s graduation from JHA, Grace Ballard, age 73, heard a call to healthcare. She had been a high-school math teacher for many years, and then an insurance agent. Grace was accepted into the Academy and completed the JHA Sterile Processing Technician Program beside students less than half her age. She earned her national certification, accepted a part-time position at a hospital, and completed medical mission trips with the sterile processing company she worked for, providing care internationally. And she did all this before her 75th birthday!
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