Darcy is our spotlight student this month; Darcy is coming to the end of the Medical Billing & Coding certificate programat our Pomona campus; she hopes to graduate in November after completing her clinical externship this month.
Like many people in recent years, Darcy had fallen on some pretty hard times before she started college earlier this year; “I worked in purchasing and warehousing; and about 3 years ago my company downsized and I was let go.” Darcy sent out 1,700 resumes but could not find a job; she was frequently told that she was over-qualified, which at the age of 51 she took to mean too old.
Darcy knew that she needed a new direction; she wanted to re-invent herself and make her son – who is currently serving in the Army in Afghanistan – proud of her. “I finally hit rock bottom and had no money left. I went to the Department of Social Services on a Monday, and came here on a Tuesday and decided that I was going to re-define myself.”
Darcy had toured a few other schools, but had not been impressed by the way she was treated or talked to, but it was different at Carrington College California. “When I came in for the interview, I got nothing but warmth from the moment I walked through the door. It sounds corny, but I really did! Everybody was very friendly.”
Darcy is pretty frank when talking about why she chose Medical Billing & Coding; “The word ‘secretions’ really grosses me out, so I knew I couldn’t be a Medical Assistant! I really like the coding part of this program; I want to be a Coder, so I will be taking the Coding test when I graduate. I’ll have to study more for that, but I’ve already taken sample coding tests online, and I don’t think it’ll be a problem to pass, although I had no idea how much medical terminology I would needed to know.”
When she graduates, Darcy wants to work in a Medical Office; but her longer term goal is to come back to Carrington College California in a different capacity. “I love it; I really don’t want it to be over. It’s never too late to go back to school; I’m so motivated now that I want to continue my education, earn higher degrees and get some work experience, and then come back here to teach in a few years. I really think I could be a good instructor.”
When asked about advice to potential students, Darcy was very clear; “Don’t wait as long as I did. I wish I had done this sooner when my son was younger. I was a single mother and if I had gone to school and taken a few hours at night to do this, it would have made it so much easier to raise my son. There were times when I was working 2 or 3 menial jobs to give him everything he needed, just making enough to get by. I wish I’d have taken the time to do something like this then.’
Thanks for volunteering to be in our Spotlight Darcy, and good luck! We hope to see you back here one day on the other side of the desk!