Hometown: Fredericksburg, VA
Center: Blue Ridge
Dates enrolled: 5/15/2018 – 8/30/2019
Training: Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Tech., Patient Care Tech., EKG Tech.
Shante Jones is a 30-year-old mother of two from Fredericksburg, VA. After having her daughter at age 14, Shante begin to struggle academically. Ultimately, she dropped out of high school, but hoped to obtain her GED. Unfortunately, after multiple attempts at passing the math portion of the GED exam, she was unsuccessful, so she resorted to taking a job at Hardee’s as a crew leader making minimum wage.
While working at Hardee’s, Shante learned about the Job Corps program through a friend, so she decided to give the recruiter a call to see what they had to offer. After meeting with the recruiter, she was ready to begin the journey to a new career.
In August of 2011 I received a call from the recruiter stating that I was approved to attend Blue Ridge Job Corps Center. “As nervous as I was to go, I was even more determined to take full advantage of all the benefits the program had to offer,” Shante explained.
During her time in the program, Shante earned certifications as a Clinical Medical Assistant, Phlebotomy Tech., Patient Care Tech., and EKG tech. She also completed an internship at Mountain States Medical Group with Dr. Ramzi. Shante was also very active outside of the classroom, serving in the Student Government Association and volunteering at Feeding America and the Adwolfe Fire Department. “Volunteering was so important because it showed me the type of change that I could make,” she stated.
In August 2012, Shante graduated with her high school diploma and GED in addition to all her medical certifications. Since, graduation, she has gained a tremendous amount of experience, from working at Sentara Hospital, to working at a Primary Pediatric office as a Medical assistant and Lead Phlebotomist, to Working for a private Rehabilitation Doctor. She is currently employed full-time with Laboratory Corporation of America as a lead Phlebotomist Technician.
“There are three important things that all Job Corps students should keep in mind.
#1. While attending Job Corps, it is important to take full advantage of all the programs and clubs they offer. This gives your resume a great boost and shows the employer that you are a team player and able to take on a leadership position.
#2. Always keep your goals front and center (keeping a journal of your present and future goals will help you manifest them into reality).
#3. Be open to constructive criticism and don’t take it too personally; it is meant to help you grow.”