“Going to School was the Easy Part; What Lead Up to it Was the Real Challenge”
Sometimes it’s the kindness of strangers that can turn your wheels in the right direction. In Jackie McCormick’s case, it was an old, donated Toyota truck that drove her to a place where a new life and a successful career gained traction.
That new life started with her enrollment at IntelliTec College. “I kept seeing the commercial for the Biomedical Equipment Technician program. I’ve always been interested in the medical field, and I knew I could fix equipment,” says McCormick.
Darlene Michaelis, career services adviser at IntelliTec College, asserts most of the women in the program have a real knack for fixing things. “They aren’t afraid to take something apart and figure out how to put it together. That will make them successful in a field dominated by men. Plus, Jackie had a great attitude in working with her male classmates,” says Michaelis.
A Little Struggling Leads to a Sweeter Success
McCormick knew she found the right college when teachers in her first class immediately calmed her nerves. “I have to be honest; I was nervous and even a little scared,” she admits. However, teachers reassured her by clearly outlining course lectures and assignments. They stood by their commitment to her in the classroom and out of it. For example, when she needed to realign her daycare schedule, teachers and staff got involved to find alternative options.
In addition, McCormick had to quickly learn how to be a student again. “I’d soak up as much as I could during class, then study in the evening when my son slept,” said McCormick. Her scheduled focus enabled her to land a job at St. Anthony’s Hospital in Lakewood, CO immediately after graduation. According to McCormick, she knew it was a good fit for her after her first interview, and now that’s she’s been there several months, St. Anthony’s feels more like a family than a workplace.
A Helping Hand and Professional Advice Make All the Difference
Jackie is thankful for the support and encouragement she’s had along the way. This includes babysitting assistance from her mother-in-law to personal advice shared by instructors at IntelliTec.
McCormick learned, “I don’t have to memorize the answers, I just have to know where to find them. This really resonated with me because it’s been applicable in my academic and professional accomplishments.”
McCormick encourages anyone on the fence to take that first step with a phone call. “Why not obtain that degree that says ‘yes I can do this!’? I am so happy that I decided to further my education and actually obtain a degree which lead to a career. I not only love what I do, but I now have a future with earning potential,” she says with a smile.
About IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs
IntelliTec’s Biomedical Equipment Technician training program is an Associate of Occupational Studies Degree that is designed to be completed in 18 months. Apply hands-on maintenance and repair skills in a biomedical lab setting and look to employment opportunities at hospitals and other patient care facilities. Be prepared to sit for the Certified Biomedical Equipment Technician certification exam.
IntelliTec College in Colorado Springs offers hands-on career training in the automotive technician, biomedical equipment repair technician, computer network systems technician, medical assistant, personal trainer and refrigeration & HVAC technician fields with associate degree (occupational) and professional certificate programs. Request information at www.IntelliTec.edu or call 800-724-9636.