Sara Joblonski had worked in the medical field for 15 years when she decided she could make even more of an impact if she turned from patient care technician to teacher.
“The field is growing so much,” said Sara. “I felt I could make a difference by teaching students what I’ve learned. I can take what I’ve seen in the field and bring it into the classroom for them.”
Sara is an instructor at the Career Quest Learning Centers Lansing campus in Medical Assisting and Medical Office Administration. She has taught hundreds of students in her years at the school and she says one of the best parts of her job occurs long after she sends her newly taught medical workers out into the real world.
“I get a lot of visitors,” said Sara about her former students. “It’s great to see how they’re doing. They’ve succeeded in school and now it’s time for them to succeed in life –and they do.”
Sara says her students have gone on to work at major area hospitals and medical practices, focusing on a range of specialties including gastroenterology and oncology. She’s proud of their accomplishments and glad that she gets to share in their successes
“You would not believe how much growth we see in even the short period of time they’re with us,” said Sara.
The Medical Office Administration Degree is a 14.5 month program that teaches students the fundamentals of medical office management, including the medical laws, patient rights and ethical considerations that will have a direct effect on their careers. The Medical Assistant program teaches students both administrative and clinical procedures and includes an externship that gives them the opportunity to use what they have learned in an actual medical setting.
Sara says she does her best to teach students what they’ll need to do their jobs well, and she thinks one of the reasons she can do so is because of the small class sizes at Career Quest Learning Centers.
“It’s extremely important to have one-on-one time so I can address students’ concerns and questions,” said Sara. “We’re very lucky here to have an open community with lots of resources and great instructors who will help students meet their goals.”
According to Sara, all that one-on-one time pays off –for the students and for her.
“I really do get excited when they ‘get’ it,” said Sara. “It’s one of the best parts of my job.”
Sara doesn’t just teach students the value of learning; she leads them by example. In addition to working full time and raising two daughters, Sara is completing her own degree.
If you’re interested in the healthcare field and want to learn from professionals like Sara, check out the Career Quest Learning Centers programs today. You could find the answer to your dream career at our campuses in Lansing or Jackson!