Yolanda Williams, a 45-year-old married mom with four daughters, worked in retail for approximately 25 years. After 15 years at the same company, she felt that it was time for a change. When she started job hunting, she came across, and connected with, National Able Network. “I decided to pursue some education, something that I could fall back on in case something went wrong….I wanted to be in the medical field….It’s something I’ve wanted to do for a long time,” says Yolanda.

Once she started working with her career coach, Katrina Johnson, Yolanda decided that she would pursue the Medical Assistant Program. Once Yolanda began, her career coach says, “Yolanda started training with enthusiasm and determination.” Yolanda quickly got through many of her classes. In the Phlebotomy component of the program, she was the valedictorian of her class, and in the Basic Nursing Assistant component she was the salutatorian of her class!

The owner of the school was so impressed with Yolanda that they recommended her for an externship that will likely lead to a full time job offer. In the meantime, Yolanda is wrapping up her final class, billing and coding, after which she will sit for her National Medical Assistant Exam.

In addition to all her wonderful schoolwork and occupational training, Yolanda worked on building her job search skills. Yolanda says, “I learned to build a resume and I went through several workshops. I was searching for help. I was lost I didn’t know what to do because I was starting over.”

Reflecting on her experience with National Able Network, Yolanda says, “It’s all been a blessing. It’s amazing…This was a turning point for me in my life. I felt like I needed something so that I could eventually retire and have benefits and a real career.”