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?”