On the day Shawnah Arrowood gave birth to her daughter, two lives actually began. Arrowood, a graduate of Clarita Career College’s Canyon Country campus, on that day decided to follow through on a personal commitment to become a massage therapist, if for nothing more than to make her daughter proud.
But Arrowood’s story goes deeper than a personal vow. The 26-year-old former high school dropout had temporarily withdrawn from her career training courses at Clarita Career College. She was on the verge of returning to her supermarket bakery position because the money was immediate and much needed. Instead, she chose to finish her education.
In August, less than a year after enrolling, Arrowood graduated from the Massage Therapy program. If it weren’t for the support she received from her fellow students and instructors throughout her leave, she might have chosen a short-term fix to her situation, not a long-term career path.
“Our instructor was a friend to all of us,” Arrowood said. “There were only six or seven of us in the class and the small amount of people made us feel more like a family than classmates. The instructors and administrators really cared about me and wanted me to succeed.”
All three Clarita Career College campuses, including its Lancaster and Long Beach locations, are filled with stories of students who have turned their lives around with career training. Arrowood’s former instructor, Beth Rhodes, said if a student is committed to the promise a new career holds, they can make it happen no matter what obstacles they might face.
“There were some challenges we worked through together, and Shawnah was always committed to her goal,” Rhodes said. “When she needed to, we would spend time after class, and she worked on special projects. She was always ready to go the extra mile because it meant a better life and more opportunities for her and her family.”
Today, Arrowood is employed at a day spa in Visalia, Calif., where she focuses on therapeutic massage. She has her own massage room, books clients and has her own customers outside the office.
“I like the fact that I can make people feel better, and I don’t have to be a doctor,” Arrowood said. “After my massage sessions, in many cases, they can do physical things they weren’t able to do, whether it’s an injury or illness.”
About Clarita Career College
Clarita Career College prepares students with the specialized skills needed to secure rewarding careers. With three convenient locations in Canyon Country, Lancaster and Long Beach, the School provides students a unique educational path that will lead to successful job performance and job satisfaction in healthcare or related business and legal industries. Clarita Career College offers programs in Medical Insurance Coding and Billing, Dental Assistant, Legal Assistant, Massage Therapy, Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, and Vocational Nursing. The School offers financial aid for those who qualify and day and evening classes. A high school diploma isn’t required for most programs. For more information, visit the Canyon Country campus at 27125 Sierra Highway, Suite 329, Canyon Country, CA 91351, or contact the School by phone at 661-252-1864.