For many people, learning that their workplace of 23 years is closing would be devastating. But, for Winchester resident Ed Breeden it was the chance to reinvent himself and to earn a much better living.
Recently, the Medical Assistant (CMA) Program offered through Workforce Solutions at Lord Fairfax Community College (LFCC) released another student into the workforce. Ten months ago, Miriam Arriaga began her training in the CMA Program, and a mere 4 months later she graduated!
Arriaga “found a job right away” following graduation. Her hard work and effort she provided during her time at LFCC landed her a job with the Free Medical Clinic of the Shenandoah Valley, located in Winchester, Virginia. The rapid job offer from the Free Medical Clinic must be why Arriaga says the classes at LFCC “opens up a lot of doors.”
As an Office Manager for Customer Care at American Woodmark, Jennifer Frye has found herself a career in Human Resources (HR). She prides herself on treating people with dignity and respect along with her ability to keep things confidential. Frye wanted to keep the human aspect of Human Resources on the front lines in her company, and knew that her role as Office Manager could allow her to do that. She says she’s been fortunate to have managers who have supported her over the years and encouraged her to explore the programs offered through LFCC Workforce Solutions. Continue reading SHRM-CP/SHRM-SCP Prep Course Student Spotlight
Connie Miller is a 2015 graduate of the Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) Program available at LFCC Workforce Solutions. Before entering the CMA program, Connie was as a stay-at-home mom raising her children and taking care of her family. Now that her children are older it was time for her to join the workforce. “I’ve always been interested in medical … I wanted to get my feet wet per se and I looked into the CMA program for about a year,” said Miller.
With little to no experience in tractor trailers and truck driving, Scott Renner of Cross Junction,VA came to Lord Fairfax Community College Workforce Solutions and CDS Tractor Trailer Training to find a new career. Renner selected LFCC and CDS as his number one choice. “There were a couple schools in the area and they didn’t offer as much as what CDS and Lord Fairfax offered,” said Renner. “I really liked what they had to offer. It’s a really good program and they take time to help you out if you need a little extra help in certain places. It was a really good choice for me.”
As a Workforce Solutions career coach, Estelle Sanzenbacher meets with clients and helps them determine a career path. That could include going back to school, gaining certification or updating a resume.
After 12 years with prominent furniture maker, Henkel Harris, Terry Smith was laid off due to the closure of the business. Smith turned to LFCC Workforce Solutions to determine his next move toward obtaining new skills and a new career. During his experience, he enjoyed working with LFCC to gain the qualifications he needed. “The whole LFCC Workforce Solutions team has been incredible to work with.” said Smith.
In partnership with the Valley Workforce On the Job (OJT) grant, Smith successfully interviewed and was offered a position at O’Sullivan Films in Winchester. Anne Halterman of O’Sullivan Films said, “We are very happy to have Terry as part of our O’Sullivan team. Completing the Multi-Craft (Industrial Maintenance) Boot Camp demonstrated his drive and initiative, which was a big factor in hiring him. In his time on the team, Terry has been a valuable contributor, and we look forward to watching him grow with the company.”
Like Terry Smith and many others, students discover what can be accomplished with the right support, job training and determination. By working hard and working smart you can be on your way to a new career and bright future. Let LFCC Workforce Solutions be a Partner in Your Success!
David Portmess first came to LFCC Workforce Solutions looking to better himself for his family. He was underemployed and had no hope of working to his full potential. He knew his opportunities for advancement would be limited if he did not take the initiative to further his education. David heard about the TAA Adult Career Coach and Job Placement Coach at LFCC, and decided to see if they might have some ideas on how he could get ahead.
After meeting with the coaches, David enrolled in a few of the technical trades courses thanks to the assistance of the Onramp program. After successful completion of the initial classes, David received attention from his existing employer to be eligible for advancement in the industrial technician area of his company’s operation. He was selected by his employer to take the new Multi-Craft program. He began class this September, and with this additional training, it will increase his pay and move him one step closer for advancement in a new career field. The new Multi-Craft program was recently established at LFCC thanks to the Higher Education Equipment Trust Fund (HEETF), which allowed for the purchase of hands-on industry equipment and simulators to advance the skills of a technical workforce. Continue reading HEETF Student Success Story
Recent graduate, Nicole Russell, provides a snapshot of her experience with the growing Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) program.
Nicole Russell is a 2013 graduate of the Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CMA) Program through Workforce Solutions. Although she had previously worked in the medical field, she took some time off to focus on raising her children. When she was ready to return to the workforce, the CMA program was a quick way for Nicole to learn new skills, gain a national certification and participate in an externship that led to employment at a local medical practice. “[CMA Program] allowed me to sharpen my skills to be better in my current position,” says Russell.
Russell credits Sharon Cason, the CMA instructor, for her hands-on instruction and clinical assignments that helped prepare her for a job as a CMA. “Sharon Cason was a great instructor. She had our class very hands-on in the instruction and clinical assignments.” Continue reading Certified Clinical Medical Assistant Spotlight