Lena was a single mom with three kids who was tired of not being able to make ends meet. She had always wanted to work in the medical field, so she enrolled in the Virginia College Medical Assistant program.
Not long after enrolling in school, Lena was evicted from her apartment and had to move her family to a shelter. She felt discouraged and considered dropping out of her program.
“My program director reminded me to be a good role model for my kids. She encouraged me to not give up, to keep moving. And that's exactly what I did,” she says.
Lena went on to complete her externship and left with a recommendation that helped her get the job she has today as a medical assistant at a psychiatric hospital.
“The job is very rewarding and I know that I make a difference in their lives,” Lena says. “It's a true blessing.”
Since becoming a medical assistant, Lena was able to secure a new place to live, pay her bills, and even purchase a new car for her family.
“I am able to do more with my children,” she says. “Virginia College really changed my life.”