“The externship experience has given me more confidence and I am very proud of my profession.”
For Deana Stuckey, working nights and weekends as a shift supervisor at a fast food restaurant was not the life she envisioned for herself and her daughter. “My baby daughter and I went through a very difficult time when I had almost no money, and my family lived 2,000 miles away,” Deana explained, “We had no place to live and we had to stay with a friend. That was the point when I realized I had to improve our situation.”
Deana was determined to take control of her life, and began by looking at job ads. “I really wanted to be in the medical field, but I knew I would need training. That’s when I saw an ad for Branford Hall,” Deana remembers. She quickly made an appointment and met with an Admissions representative to learn how to get started. “Randy in the Admissions department sat down with me and explained the whole process.”
Deana enrolled in the medical assistant program and worked hard throughout her courses. “The staff members were so supportive of me,” Deana recalls. “At one point I almost gave up, due to some personal issues, but some very special staff members encouraged me and helped to keep me on track.” At the end of her coursework, Deana was placed in an externship at OBGYN of Manchester, where she had the opportunity to apply the clinical skills she had learned in the classroom.
“The externship at OBGYN of Manchester was a wonderful learning experience for me. And it resulted in something even better. After completing my program, the externship site offered me a job,” Deana explains. “I accepted the position. It was perfect, because it gave me experience in a wide range of tasks that I really enjoy.”
What Deana says about Branford Hall: “With my Branford Hall education, I am more confident about my skills, and I am proud of my profession. Things are much brighter for me and my daughter now.”