Amar’ia Yates – Student Highlight

Meet Amar’ia Yates, our student highlight feature this week at Boardman Training Center!

Like many people who have just graduated high school, Amar’ia was unsure what she wanted to do next. It can be challenging to choose the one that’s right for you with so many different options.

“I’d just finished high school a few months before. I was working in fast food and retail, and I wasn’t happy,” Amar’ia said. “I had a sense of what I wanted out of life, but I just wasn’t sure where to start.”

After looking at the options available to continue her education, Amar’ia decided she wanted a fast-track healthcare training program that gives you the skills you need and is affordable.

Amar'ia Yates-Student Highlight

“The staff is wonderful. They’ve worked with me, and for once, I felt as someone other than me and my family cared about my education,” said Amar’ia on her decision to attend Boardman Training Center.

She chose to enroll in the Cardio Phlebotomy program, which trains students in just 24 weeks for entry-level opportunities in the healthcare field.

“I choose my program because I wanted to get my foot in the door for a medical career and so I can feel useful to other people in the world,” said Amar’ia.

In the Cardio Phlebotomy training program, Amar’ia will learn and practice specialized skills to use on the job when she starts her new healthcare career. Performing EKGs, drawing blood, completing venipuncture procedures, and practicing patient care are some of the valuable skills Amar’ia will develop as she completes the program.

When asked about her favorite part of attending Boardman Training Center, Amar’ia had great things to say about the staff. “My favorite part of BTC would be the staff there. No one wants to see you fail. They’re like your second family. If you’re having a hard time, they’ll do everything they can to assist you and get you where you need to be,” said Amar’ia.

Amar’ia says that she can’t choose who her favorite teacher or class is just yet, since she has only finished one course. However, she will say that Ms. Sandy, the instructor of her Intro to Healthcare class, was wonderful. “She made class interesting while still teaching me and my fellow classmates. She always pushed into our heads that we can do this, that we’re going to finish strong, and how proud she was of us.”

After she completes the Cardio Phlebotomy program and graduates, Amar’ia would like to work in a hospital, blood bank, or nursing home.

In addition to working in a healthcare facility, Amar’ia would like to further her education in the medical field and enroll in a program or be looking into programs within five years.

When asked if she would recommend Boardman Training Center to a friend, Amar’ia said, “Of course I would refer a friend, because if you’re like me and didn’t really know where to start, BTC is a great place to start. If you’re like my fellow classmates, looking to further your education, or you want to get back into the medical field, choose BTC, and let BTC choose you and meet your goals.”

Maybe you are just like Amar’ia, a little unsure of what to do next and how to get started in a healthcare career. Or perhaps you are like her classmates, who want to take the next step and further their healthcare training and education. Whatever your unique situation may be, Boardman Training Center is here to help!

Explore our healthcare training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist. Contact us now to get started on your path to an exciting new healthcare career today!

Jodi Roberts – Student Highlight

Meet Jodi Roberts, our student highlight feature for this week!

Jodi recently decided to pursue her goal of working in healthcare by enrolling in the Cardio Phlebotomy program at Boardman Training Center. Working in healthcare is something Jodi has always wanted to try since she was younger, because it enables her to help people.

Jodi Roberts-Student Highlight

When deciding what school to attend to get the healthcare training she needed, Jody chose Boardman Training Center because it was recommended to her by a friend.

“I work with a former student. She recommended BTC. She had good things to say about the school and the instructors,” said Jodi. After hearing about BTC from her coworker, Jodi called the very next day and set up an appointment to come visit the school.

Jodi said she chose the Cardio Phlebotomy program because she “thought it sounded very interesting to draw blood and other specimens, and I wanted to help people.”

At first, Jodi just was going to enroll in the Phlebotomy Technician program, but after meeting with Nikki Granger, Admissions Advisor at BTC, Jodi decided to go with Cardio Phlebotomy. Jodi thought that learning additional skills, such as EKGs, would make her more marketable when applying for jobs in the medical field.

Previously, Jodi attended a larger university, and says while the teachers were good, the class sizes were a little too big. At this time, Jodi wasn’t sure what she wanted to do and didn’t have a set major. She decided to take a semester off to figure out what she wanted to do.

After getting married, staying home with her kids for a few years, and working part-time, Jodi decided she wanted to do something different, and was ready to make her move into the healthcare field.

When asked what her favorite part is of attending BTC, Jodi said it’s “the people. The instructors are very helpful. The other students also do whatever they can to help. The hours also work really well with my work schedule.”

Phlebotomy has been Jodi’s favorite class and Irene has been her favorite teacher while at BTC. “Some students learn at a different pace, and Irene gives a lot of individual attention, and addresses what you need to work on,” said Jodi.

After graduating from the Cardio Phlebotomy career training program, Jodi would like to work in a walk-in lab setting. She would prefer this instead of working in a hospital, as the hours would be better for her.

In five years, Jodi would like to be doing phlebotomy full time and have her own health insurance. She would love to do some traveling with her husband, including Alaska for him and the South to get some sunshine for her!

Jodi said she would refer Boardman Training Center to others who want to start a career in healthcare. “I like the small class sizes. The hours work great for people who work. They really want you to succeed. They help you with what you need to work on,” said Jodi.

When Jodi first began the Cardio Phlebotomy program, she was nervous, but she says she is not nervous anymore because her instructor was able to help her. “You get a lot of individual attention,” said Jodi.

For potential students who are considering enrolling in career training classes with Boardman Training Center, Jodi has some advice. “Just do it. They will work with you and you can do more than you think you can. Make sure to study!”

Are you ready to jump-start your successful healthcare career? With small class sizes, personalized attention, hands-on training, and flexible financing options, BTC has just what you need. Learn more about our Cardio Phlebotomy, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, and Medical Office Specialist programs and request information to get started