Two Friends Help Each Other Get through School and into Employment
May 11, 2012
Marla Bryner and Meghan Claypoole, graduates from the Youngstown Campus, were both hired at Advanced Urology after completing the medical assisting degree program. Marla and Meghan have overcome many obstacles to achieve the successes that they are now enjoying. They met while in the program and became fast friends. Meghan states, “We became each other’s calming voice at stressful times.” This tactic must have worked well for them because they both finished their studies on the Dean’s List.
Success for Marla (left) was changing the path of her future. She knew she wanted more for her children and family and she knew she would need a college degree to help her do that. After earning a GED, she enrolled at National College, where the class schedule was flexible and she would be able to continue to work. She states that everyone at National, from the admissions and student services representatives to her instructors, were encouraging and supportive. Marla was awarded the Mary Buckley Scholarship and was selected to represent National in Washington D.C. for a rally on Capitol Hill. All of these accomplishments are a testament to her hard work and dedication to her studies.
Meghan (right) described herself as a “wild child.” After becoming a mother, she wanted to change the direction she was heading so she could be a positive role model for her daughter. With her husband’s support, Meghan and her daughter, both with backpacks ready, set out for their first day of school. With a goal of straight A’s, Meghan set the bar high for herself and is proud to say that she accomplished that very goal. She balanced school, work, family, and friends, while maintaining a 4.0 grade point average. She will walk across the stage in May and accept her degree with high honors. She was hired at Advanced Urology one month after her final term. When the group saw her skill set and professionalism, they asked if she knew of anyone else they may be interested in hiring. Meghan didn’t hesitate to recommend her friend and classmate Marla, who they also hired. Once studying together as students, now Meghan and Marla are working together in the health care field.
Medical: Medical Assisting - Associate Degree (MAA)