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Kathy Barton

Medical Assistant, Lansing Campus
Kathy Barton had to give up a career she loved due to job injury when she decided to try Career Quest to return to doing something meaningful in her work. She had been a prison guard at the Center for Forensic Psychiatry, a maximum security penitentiary for the criminally insane. After a workplace injury left her with damaged vertebrae and a plate in her neck, she decided to make a difference in the lives of others.
She enrolled in the Medical Assistant program and looks forward to using her new medical skills in either a geriatric or pediatric position. She chose Career Quest in part because it is nationally accredited and wants the respect in the marketplace from being a certified medical assistant.
“I want to be that person who can help someone else fight for their life whether they’re young or old – it doesn’t matter. They deserve the chance to fight for that life. Now I have the skills to be able to be in that position – to give someone else hope.”
Kathy's advice for other students: “If you really love to do something, you have to go for it. If you don’t love what you do, how can you excel?"

“My grandson is in third grade. I’m proud that I can be an example to him. I have pride in what I’ve been able to accomplish – Career Quest has given me all that and then some.”


“Don’t be afraid. They have thought of everything in this school to make it so that you succeed."


“If it’s something you have a passion for, you have to follow your heart.”