“In high school, I just had a lot of fun, so I never knew what I was capable of,” Jeremy says.
That fun turned into Jeremy picking up low-paying and unstable construction jobs, which helped him realize that he wanted more. His mother worked in the medical field and had always been able to find jobs she enjoyed.
Jeremy decided to enroll in the Surgical Technology program at Virginia College. He wasn't sure what to expect, since he had never really enjoyed school and didn't think he would be a good student. But he surprised himself. He finished his first quarter with a 4.0 grade point average.
“I was shocked,” he says. “My instructors encouraged me and really cared about my success.”
That remained true halfway through his program when he found out he had a brain tumor. His Virginia College family stayed in touch with him and encouraged him to return to school when he was able. With their help, he was able to pick up where he left off and realize his goal of becoming a surgical technician.
After graduation, Jeremy was offered jobs at both clinical sites where he had externed during his program. Now he works at a Level 1 trauma center as a surgical technician.
“My work schedule is great. When I'm in a trauma situation it's pretty intense but at the end of the day it feels good to know that I helped someone and possibly helped save their life,” he says.
Jeremy says his income has tripled since becoming a surgical technician.
“I'm able to relax more,” he says. “I don't have to stress out as much because I'm not working two jobs. I'm confident that my family is going to get what they need and it's just a great thing.”