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.

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“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!

Mikalena Grewe – Student Highlight

Meet Mikalena Grewe, our student highlight feature for this week at Boardman Training Center!

As a current student in the Cardio Phlebotomy program, Mikalena is completing her healthcare training classes, preparing for a new career that will allow her to help people and make a difference every day.

“I chose BTC because of the one-on-one environment you get. The classes are smaller, so each student is more likely to have one-on-one help from the teachers. I was also happy with the pricing of the classes and the classes they offer being a steppingstone into the medical field to be able to further my career one day,” said Mikalena.

Before enrolling with BTC, Mikalena was unsure of what to do and what direction she wanted to go. She had previously attended a larger university after high school, and while she loved the college environment, she wasn’t in love with her major of high school education. Education allowed her to help students but didn’t give her the same feeling as working in the medical field.

“I was struggling to decide if I wanted to further my education at a university, taking out more student loans and not knowing where in the medical field I wanted to be, or going back to a career center and being a CNA again,” said Mikalena.

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After deciding that she wanted to pursue a career in healthcare and choosing to enroll with Boardman Training Center, Mikalena started school in the Cardio Phlebotomy career training program.

“I picked the Cardio Phlebotomy program because of how much education I would receive, and by having certifications in both EKG and phlebotomy, I would have better job opportunities,” she said.

While enrolled in the Cardio Phlebotomy program, students have the opportunity to train for a new healthcare career in only 24 weeks, practicing hands-on skills that will be used on the job. Performing EKGs, drawing blood, and carrying out venipuncture procedures are just some of the hands-on skills students learn in this exciting program.

At Boardman Training Center, we love providing our students with a supportive and caring environment that feels more like a family than a school.

“My favorite part of BTC is that after so many weeks, the students in your classes and the instructors start to become a family. You are working together to help one another become successful in the field. Each student and staff member is rooting for you. I have met people I hope to have in my life for years to come,” said Mikalena.

So far, Mikalena’s favorite class has been phlebotomy. Due to COVID-19, the classes have been broken into groups, and her instructor Nikki has been great. “She is always encouraging and willing to help whenever students need her,” said Mikalena. She is also very thankful for Sandy, her instructor for the intro class. “Even after intro ended, I’ve been able to text her to ask questions or call when needed. I’m grateful that BTC has such amazing teachers.”

After graduation, Mikalena hopes to work in a hospital as a phlebotomist. in five years, her goal is to save enough money to go back to school to become a CT or MRI technician.

When asked if she would refer Boardman Training Center to a friend, Mikalena said, “Yes, I would refer a friend to BTC because of the affordable price and the friendly people they would meet along the way.”

Are you looking for a career that allows you to help others daily? Do you want to fast-track your way to an exciting new career in healthcare? Then Boardman Training Center could be the perfect choice for you!

With career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Medical Office Specialist, we can help you get started on your path to a new career today! Request information now to get started!

Kharley Calabrese – Student Highlight

Meet Kharley Calabrese, our Boardman Training Center student highlight feature for this week!

Kharley is currently enrolled in the Medical Office Specialist program and has already completed the Cardio Phlebotomy program to get on the fast track to a new career in the healthcare field. She chose these Boardman Training Center programs for many reasons that are important to her and her future.

Kharley says she chose to complete cardio phlebotomy and medical office classes “to get better job opportunities, such as better pay and benefits, and also because I have always loved the health field and helping people.”

Before enrolling at Boardman Training Center, Kharley attended a larger university for hospitality management but then realized that field did not have the opportunities she was looking for, especially in the local area. The cost of tuition was also too high.

In addition to attending college, Kharley also works at a restaurant while completing her healthcare career training at BTC. “I always thought maybe the restaurant I worked for would be a good career, but then I realized I was settling for less,” said Kharley.

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As Kharley realized that she wanted more for herself than her current job could offer, she made the decision to take her career to the next level by preparing for a job in the medical field.

She chose Boardman Training Center to fast-track her way to an exciting new career for a variety of reasons. “The prices were affordable, and the classes were great for my work schedule. Also, the classes were smaller, which is better for learning,” said Kharley.

Kharley is having a great experience as a student at BTC while completing her healthcare classes and training for a new career. “It is like my home away from home! The teachers are awesome and so are my peers,” said Kharley.

So far, Kharley says that Irene and Sandy have been her favorite teachers because they care about the students and make sure all your concerns and questions are answered.

After graduation, Kharley wants to work as a MA in a physician’s office or hospital. In five years, Kharley would love to have a well-established career in the medical field and possibly furthering her education.

When asked if she would refer BTC to a friend, Kharley said, “yes, because it’s affordable, the programs give you great job opportunities, and the instructors and staff are amazing!”

Do you want to take your career to the next level with more opportunities? Are you looking for a more fulfilling career that allows you to help people every day? Make the move and join us at Boardman Training Center! With a supportive educational environment, small class sizes, and flexible financing, we have just what you need to get started.

Explore our career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist. Request information now to advance your career with BTC!

Charity Unruh – Student Highlight

Meet Charity Unruh, our student highlight for this week!

After graduating from high school, many people are unsure of what to do next. With so many options and career paths available to choose from, it can be hard to decide which one fits you best. Charity, our student highlight this week, experienced this as well.

“I was trying to decide what I wanted to do but couldn’t. I knew I had always wanted to do something in the medical field,” said Charity. When she was younger, her grandpa had cancer and had to have a lot of surgeries. In helping take care of her grandpa, she discovered that her niche in life was helping people. Her grandpa’s hospice nurse even told Charity that she is a natural nurse.

Charity’s mom is a pharmacist and she learned a lot about the medical field from her.

Before attending Boardman Training Center, Charity took a year off from school after high school to figure out what she wanted to do. She was originally going to go to college for nursing, but the cost of tuition was very high and unaffordable.

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“I chose BTC because it was affordable. I liked that it is a small facility with small classes. Also, I could tell right away that the staff cares about their students,” said Charity of her decision to attend Boardman Training Center.

Charity is currently enrolled in the Medical Office Specialist program at BTC and is on the fast-track to starting her career in the medical field.

“I chose my program because I’ve always been fascinated with the medical field. My grandpa is the one who inspired me by helping take care of him when he had cancer,” said Charity. Also, her grandpa always told her that she would be a nurse.

When asked what her favorite part is of attending BTC, Charity said, “it’s that everyone here is so close knit, like a family. I also love that the staff goes to every length to make sure their students succeed.”

EKG is Charity’s favorite class in the Medical Office Specialist training program at BTC because she has always been fascinated by the heart.

Charity says that she would love to specialize in cardiology after graduating from BTC, because the cardiovascular system is her favorite and fascinates her the most. This goes back to Charity’s high school anatomy class when she dissected a pig’s heart. She was immediately intrigued and knew she wanted to work with the heart.

“In five years, I would like to have made a difference in as many peoples’ lives as I possibly can,” said Charity. She would even like to assist in heart surgeries one day.

When asked if she would refer Boardman Training Center to a friend, Charity said, “I would most definitely refer BTC to a friend. The staff is incredible, and it feels like I’ve created a second family by attending BTC.”

Charity truly loves training for a new medical career at BTC and says that it has been phenomenal for her. She couldn’t imagine her life if she had not come here for school.

Even though high school was not her thing, Charity says coming to BTC was different because they take care of you here. She doesn’t know what she will do when she leaves BTC because it has become a second home to her.

“Give it a shot. Look into it. Honestly, if you enroll here, you will not regret it. It will be like you have a second family,” said Charity, giving her advice for anyone considering enrolling at BTC to train for a new healthcare career.

Do you want to start a career in the medical field with the opportunity to help people on a daily basis? Or maybe you are just graduating high school and are unsure of what to do next, just like Charity was when she graduated. Boardman Training Center is here to help you take the next step toward a successful and fulfilling healthcare career.

We offer career training programs in a variety of healthcare areas, including Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist. Explore these exciting programs and request information today to get started on your path to a great career!

Nicole Habeger – Student Highlight

Meet Nicole Habeger, our student highlight feature for the week!

Nichole has worked in healthcare for many years and is attending the Cardio Phlebotomy program at Boardman Training Center. She chose this program because caring for others is important to her.

Before deciding to attend BTC and get on the fast track to an exciting new career, Nicole attended larger universities, but decided that they were not worth it for her. In high school, she also attended a local career and technical center, earning her STNA.

Nicole has many years of experience in the medical field, as she worked eight years at a retirement home and one year at a local hospital. Eventually, Nicole decided to try working in a different field, but she soon discovered that a career in healthcare is what’s right for her.

Nicole Habeger-Student Highlight

“I tried to get out of the medical field and very soon discovered it is what I need to do. I am a caretaker through and through,” said Nicole. She has little cousins and loves them like they are her own kids. She is always there for them and helps with anything they need.

“It seems like a great place. I fell in love with phlebotomy at the hospital and they offer it here,” said Nicole when asked why she choose Boardman Training Center to prepare for an exciting career in the healthcare field.

Nicole said her favorite part of attending Boardman Training Center is “the smaller classes and the personalities of all the instructors and directors. They truly care about everyone who walks through that door!”

When asked what her favorite class is so far at BTC, Nicole said that phlebotomy is her favorite because she loves drawing blood.

After graduation, Nicole wants to work as a phlebotomist or in a medical office so that she has the opportunity to help other people. With so many years of experience in healthcare, Nicole knows she has a lot of directions she can go in her future career, and she would like to pursue more positions in a lab setting.

Nicole would like her life to be comfortable and happy in five years. She would like to get married and start a family, and does not want to struggle living paycheck to paycheck.

Nicole said she would absolutely recommend Boardman Training Center to a friend! “I truly believe this is the best money I’ve ever spent. They set you up for success. They will do everything in their power to make sure everything is suitable for your needs. If there is anything they can do to make your life a little easier, stand back because they will all do their best to help,” said Nicole.

Now that she’s on her way to an exciting new career in healthcare, Nicole said she is very thankful that she was able to start the Cardio Phlebotomy program at BTC. She enjoys previous graduates coming into visit the teachers and giving pep talks to the classes.

When asked if she has any advice for others thinking of attending healthcare career training classes at BTC, Nicole said, “Nikki is persistent. If she sees something in you, she is not going to let you walk away easily. Just ask questions, because if you have questions, chances are that someone else does. Never be afraid to talk to your instructors. Don’t give up! They won’t let you anyway!”

After she completes her cardio phlebotomy classes, Nicole would like to enroll in the Medical Office Specialist career training program at Boardman Training Center to continue to advance her skills in the healthcare field.

Are you looking to start an exciting new career in the healthcare field? Or maybe you already work in healthcare but want to advance your career by gaining specific knowledge and skills? Whatever your career goals, Boardman Training Center offers healthcare training classes to help you get there.

Explore our career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist and request information to get started!

BreannaMarie Slaven – Student Highlight

Meet BreannaMarie Slaven, our student highlight for this week!

BreannaMarie has always wanted a job in healthcare because working in the medical field runs in her family. Her mom has always worked in healthcare and her aunt is a phlebotomist, and she even has cousins who are doctors and nurses.

“I choose BTC because my cousin went here and she couldn’t help but brag about how good the school is and how friendly the environment truly is,” said BreannaMarie. She chose the Phlebotomy Technician program because her aunt is a phlebotomist and she wanted to follow in her footsteps.

Before enrolling in a fast track career training program at BTC, BreannaMarie attended a larger university. She says it was nice, but it didn’t give her what she wanted from a university.

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After growing up in the south, BreannaMarie moved to New Castle about a year ago. After moving to the local area, she began working in healthcare and trying to find her way for what she wants to do with her life.

BreannaMarie currently works at Homemakers Healthcare where she goes to people’s homes and checks in on them.

When BreannaMarie first came into Boardman Training Center, she wasn’t sure what all she wanted to do. She wants to eventually get into nursing and thinks the short-term career training at BTC will help get her there.

“My favorite part is how everyone helps you feel welcome and helps you reach your goals. Everyone helps you build your confidence up more,” said BreannaMarie.

BreannaMarie says she felt welcome as soon as she walked in the door and that BTC is the best school she has ever come to. She loves Nikki and Irene so much. She says she was not confident when she came here but they brought her out of her shell so much.

When asked who her favorite teacher is here at Boardman Training Center, BreannaMarie said, “I honestly don’t have a favorite teacher because they are all so helpful. They have made me want to reach my goals and have all played a role in my life that I will treasure forever.”

BreannaMarie already has a job lined up where her aunt currently works for after she completes the Phlebotomy Technician career training program at BTC. She says her ideal job is to work in a doctor’s office or even a hospital.

“I would like to move further into the healthcare field in the next five years,” said BreannaMarie. After a year or so of working she wants to continue her education. “It never hurts to have a lot under your belt,” she said.

BreannaMarie says she would recommend Boardman Training Center to friends. “Absolutely I would recommend BTC because they will help you as much as they can. I have never been to a school that showed you they want you to succeed as they do here. This is the best school I’ve been to,” said BreannaMarie.

BreannaMarie has some great advice for others. “Never give up on life! Just keep swimming!”

Do you want to get started in the exciting field of healthcare? Explore our fast track career training programs in Cardio Phlebotomy, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, and Medical Office Specialist. Request information now to get started today!

Katarina Lewis – Student Highlight

Meet Katarina Lewis, our student highlight for the week!

Like many people who want to start a career in healthcare, Katarina felt she needed to earn a professional medical certification to get a job. She chose Boardman Training Center to get on the fast track to a great healthcare career by preparing for a certification in just weeks.

“I heard a lot of good things about BTC and I really liked how quick the program was, which allowed me to become certified and find a job in a very reasonable amount of time,” said Katarina.

Katarina has always been interested in the medical field and chose the Cardio Phlebotomy program because she felt it would give her the hands-on experience she was looking for in a career training program.

Before enrolling at BTC, Katarina attended a larger university and earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She says it was a great experience and she learned a lot, but she still needed a medical certification before she could get a job in healthcare.

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After graduating with her bachelor’s degree, Katarina started Cardio Phlebotomy classes at BTC one month later, because she wants to earn a certification and get finished with school as soon as possible.

Katarina is currently working as a Radiology Clerical Associate at Mercy Health-St. Elizabeth. In this role, she looks up test results and makes sure they are good, and then communicates the results of any that are not good to the next level up. She plays an important role in the healthcare team, working with patients, doctors, technicians, and nurses.

While attending Boardman Training Center, Katarina has had a great student experience. “The teachers are always here to help the students, which you can’t always find at other schools. They want you to succeed,” said Katarina.

Mike Giles from EKG has been Katarina’s favorite teacher because “he brought real-life stories to class every day, which made it entertaining and helped us learn the material.”

After graduating from BTC and earning her professional healthcare certification, Katarina hopes to work as a phlebotomist at an outpatient lab or a hospital lab. She says she is not too picky about her job, as long as she enjoys it.

In five years, Katarina wants to be working at a hospital or medical practice as a physician’s assistant. She considers the Cardio Phlebotomy program at BTC a stepping stone that is allowing her to achieve her ultimate goal of becoming a physician’s assistant, and she is thankful for the experience she has gained here.

When asked if she would refer Boardman Training Center to a friend, Katarina says “yes, the instructors are great but so are the admissions team. They make you feel welcome from the start.”

Katarina has some words of advice for incoming students at BTC. “Keep an open mind about the programs. Be patient with the process of learning everything and putting those skills to actual use. EKGs and punctures take time, but you will get it. Don’t feel like you’re the only one that doesn’t understand because there are others too.”

Do you need a professional healthcare certification to start your career? Want to get on the fast track to qualifying for your dream healthcare job? Let Boardman Training Center help you achieve your career goals with our healthcare training programs that are completed in just weeks!

We offer small class sizes, personalized attention, a WE CARE family atmosphere, hands-on training, and flexible financing options to help make your career dreams a reality.

Learn more about our Cardio Phlebotomy, Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, and Medical Office Specialist programs and request information to get started 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.

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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

Sarah Steiner – Student Highlight

Meet Sarah Steiner, our student highlight feature for this week!

Sarah is enrolled in the Phlebotomy Technician program at Boardman Training Center, preparing for an exciting and rewarding healthcare career!

“I chose BTC because of the shorter program length and no student loans,” says Sarah. When she came to visit the campus for the first time, Sarah had a great impression of BTC. She loved how small it was, how quickly she could complete the classes, and that the instructors can help more and are very hands-on.

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Before enrolling with BTC, Sarah had previously attended a larger university for two years. She had first majored in fashion merchandising and then went back after a few years for medical assisting. She decided it wasn’t right for her and took some time off, working a variety of retail jobs in the past few years. She knew that these were just jobs, and not a career, and didn’t want to be in them for long.

“I chose this program because the medical field has always interested me and I love helping people,” says Sarah. At first, she wanted to complete the Medical Office Specialist program, but after starting her phlebotomy class, she loved it and realized she wanted to start working and doing that right away. Sarah says she may come back for the MOS program one day!

When asked what her favorite part is of attending Boardman Training Center, Sarah said, “The educators are phenomenal, and I love that I didn’t have to take out student loans.” Not having to take out student loans was important to Sarah because she had already taken out a lot when she attended the university.

“My phlebotomy instructor Irene was my absolute favorite. She made me feel very prepared for each test and the NHA,” says Sarah, who’s ideal job after graduation is working as a Phlebotomist in a hospital.

Sarah has always wanted to work in healthcare, and she was referred to BTC by a friend who attended the Phlebotomy Technician career training program as well.

Sarah loves that she is graduating and does not owe loans to anyone for completing the program. She was recently hired at UPMC and starts her new career next week!

In five years, Sarah would like to be a Lab Manager in a hospital setting. She loves the hands-on environment and feels she would be a good leader. She would also like to work with people who have similar interests as her.

Sarah’s advice for anyone just starting the program is to be proactive in getting prepared for the NHA tests and getting help with your resume. “BTC is great for getting you ready for your career,” says Sarah.

Sarah says she would absolutely refer friends to Boardman Training Center! “The teachers are extremely educated in their field and the entire staff will make sure you’re prepared for your career.”

Ready to get on the fast track to your rewarding healthcare career? Learn more about our Cardio Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, and Medical Office Specialist career training programs! Request information now to get started today!

Ishmael Ragin – Student Highlight

Meet Ishmael Ragin, our student highlight feature for this week!

Ishmael is enrolled in the Phlebotomy Technician program at Boardman Training Center. He began classes in May 2019 to get on the fast track to a rewarding healthcare career.

Before attending BTC, Ishmael went to a larger university and found that it was very big, with a lot of walking around to classes. He had majored in psychology, which is what his mother did, and was following in her footsteps. Ishmael realized that this was not the path for him and became interested in what he could do in the medical field.

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Ishmael also works in the food industry but wants to have a career and not just a job. He says it’s an easy job, but there is only so far you can move up.

When asked why he chose Boardman Training Center to jump-start his healthcare career, Ishmael said it was because of “the location, class sizes, and the field of choice.”

After his experience at a larger university, Ishmael really wanted a smaller school where he could come and learn. He loves the phlebotomy classes because they are hands-on and not straight out of a book.

“It was something I see myself enjoying,” said Ishmael when asked why he chose the Phlebotomy Technician career training program. He wanted to go somewhere that enabled him to gain employment in the local area, because his family is here.

Ishmael says that his favorite parts of attending BTC are “the people, classmates, teachers, and instructors.” He has made a lot of friends in his classes and really gotten to know his instructors.

“Phlebotomy is my favorite class because it’s so hands-on and informative,” said Ishmael. So far in his student experience at BTC, Irene has been his favorite teacher.

After graduation, Ishmael would like to work as a Lab Technician or a Phlebotomy Technician in a hospital or lab setting. He has already begun looking at jobs to start his career in the medical field after he completes the Phlebotomy Technician career training program.

When asked where he would like his life to be in five years, Ishmael said he would like to be the highest paid professional in the field. He is interested in potentially going into medical coding eventually. He says he will go as far as he can in his career with the phlebotomy certification.

When asked if he would refer BTC to a friend, Ishmael responded, “Yes. It’s just as informative as a university but has the class size that makes it easier to learn.”

Are you looking for a career training program to get you on the fast track to a rewarding healthcare career? Learn more about our Phlebotomy Technician, EKG Technician, Cardio Phlebotomy, and Medical Office Specialist training programs today. Classes are starting soon, so request information now to get started!