We would like you to meet some of our program graduates.
Kate, Phlebotomy and Lab Services Program Graduate
While her three children were younger, Kate owned a home-based medical transcription company. With a nursing background, this was an ideal way to earn extra income while being available for her young family. After her husband passed away, Kate decided to work outside the home, but wanted to stay within the medical field. After receiving the CWD brochure in the mail, the Phlebotomy program seemed like a perfect fit.
“At that point in my life, I wasn’t sure I could go back to school. But my instructor was very encouraging and offered support along the way,” Kate said.
After graduating from the program in November 2014, Kate received several employment offers. She has been working since then primarily as a paramedical examiner/phlebotomist but also does genetic/DNA testing and drug screening, draws for clinical trials, and biometric screening for health fairs. She became a Certified Phlebotomy Technician in December 2016.
“I absolutely love what I do! I highly recommend this program,” added Kate.
Elizabeth, Dental Assisting Program Graduate
It is Elizabeth’s goal to be a dental hygienist. She had originally planned to attend a two-year college to pursue an associate degree. However, the cost and time involved in earning that degree was prohibitive at this point in her life.
After researching other dental programs, she found the Dental Assisting program at CWD.
“I was excited to be able to pursue a program that was less expensive and offered me a faster route to working in the dental field,” she said.
“I am really looking forward to working as a dental assistant. There’s such a variety in the job duties which will give me great experience until I am ready to go back to school for dental hygiene.”
Sarah, Medical Office Assistant Program Graduate
When Sarah received the Center for Workforce Development Program Guide in the mail, she didn’t know her life was about to take a new direction. After reading the information on the Medical Office Assistant program, she decided it was something she wanted to pursue.
“The instructors were wonderful,” said Sarah. “I really appreciated their personalized approach to learning and the way they got to know the people in the class.”
Sarah was hired for a long-term temp position through Robert Half International as a P4P Quality Analyst at Rochester Regional Health before she graduated from the program.
“There are so many things you can do with this training, and the internships provide a way to explore those different areas. CWD really opens doors,” she noted.
Vincent, Welding Certificate Program Graduate
Vincent finished his welding certificate program with CWD and was looking forward to the opportunities the training provides. After working at a ski resort in Colorado for six years, Vincent was ready for a career that offered more opportunities for advancement and continuous learning. He had been thinking about welding as a career and began looking into training programs both in Colorado and around Spencerport, where he was originally from.
“The training program at CWD is so affordable compared to the other options I found, and it offers flexibility with my schedule,” Vincent said. “I am very happy with my choice to attend training here.”
Vincent credits the instructors at CWD with fueling his love of the program and helping him to figure out where he wants to take his skills. “I have a bachelor’s degree and good work experience. Now with this training, I have lots of options to explore for my career path. I am excited for the opportunities.”
Briana, Legal Assistant Program Graduate
Briana thought she would be able to find a job fairly quickly after she graduated with an Associate’s Degree in Liberal Arts & Sciences. However, when she was still looking for a professional position 18 months later, she knew it was time for a different approach. “My mother recommended that I look into the Legal Assistant program at CWD because she thought I would be interested in it. She had completed the CWD Dental Assisting program, and was impressed by the quality of the program. Plus, the job placement rates for the Legal Assistant program were great,” said Briana.
Once she enrolled with CWD, Briana was immediately impressed by how involved and genuine the instructors were. She found the program to be more challenging than she had anticipated, and put it on par with college courses. She feels that it prepared her very well for a job and she felt supported and cared for by the instructors throughout the program. Briana was offered a job with the law firm of Woods Oviatt Gilman before she even graduated from the Legal Assistant program.
“I love my job; this truly is a great place to work. I recommend the programs at CWD to anyone who is interested in training for a good career,” she noted.