Irene Woods, Anthem Career College in Memphis, Tennessee

Hi my name is Irene Powell, and this is how my story begins. While attending High School, at Bolivar Central, I can remember a day when students were asked what they would like to be after high school. I remember telling them that I wanted to be a Physical Therapist. I chose Physical Therapy, because I wanted simply to help those that I thought were hurting the most. After high school, I went on to become a certified nursing assistant, a job that I liked and disliked at the same time. I liked the job because I helped older people who had no one to care about them. I disliked the job because some of the employees totally disrespected the elderly. I worked at that job for approximately two years before leaving.

After that, I worked for Kilgore Flares Company. I was determined that I would only be there for a little while, but a little while lasted a bit longer than I planned. I gave birth to my first child while working there, and I attending West TN Business College, studying cosmetology. I did not finish because of personal reasons. I actually stayed at Kilgore for fourteen years. While there, I sought after God’s plan for my life. I left Kilgore, still in good standing and went back to school to pursue a career in the medical field. I am so grateful that God made it possible.

Upon enrolling at High-Tec,h I was somewhat nervous, but I managed to maintain a 4.0 GPA. Hard work, determination and staying focused on what I needed to do, is how I made it through. I did my extern at Germantown Internal Medicine, where I gained so much more training and experience. Upon completion, I received an awesome letter of recommendation. Later, I worked for Wilson and Dowling Primary Care, where another great letter of recommendation awaits me.

Now the mother of three beautiful children, and the wife of a very loving, God- fearing, handsome husband, I have a diploma in medical assisting, and I am presently employed at Clinical Neuroscience Solution, Inc., in Memphis, TN. I owe so much, to so many people. At the top of my list is Jesus, who made it all possible, my wonderful husband Corey Powell for his support, my pastor and his wife for their encouragement, my instructors Ms. Cooper and Ms. Murphy for the time they put into teaching me, Ms. Spencer for helping me to find this fantastic job, to my classmates, and to Anthem Career College for giving me a chance.

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