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From Camo to Scrubs



Nov 04, 2014

Jim Bare has come a long way since his Army days.  His interests in human anatomy and his desire “to further his education and obtain a well-paying job,” led him to enroll in the medical assisting program at the Bristol Campus.  Jim chose National College because of the career-focused curriculum. “They offered courses designed to my specific degree, with no fluff classes,” he said. The small class sizes and tutoring at no additional cost helped Jim to feel comfortable with his decision to go back to school.

A little more than one year later, after a lot of hard work and study, Jim earned his degree in medical assisting.  He also earned his phlebotomy certification, an important credential in the industry.  Throughout Jim’s time at National he was an active member of the student body.  He found time to assist with numerous committees and even set up his own externship at Johnson City Community Health Center, (JCCHC).  Jim’s work ethic and willingness to learn paved the road for National to sign a contract with JCCHC to take on two students for externships next term.  As a direct result of Jim’s dedication to his education and his externship, he was offered a position at JCCHC, which was recently named a Distinguished Community Employer by the Bristol Campus. 

Although Jim has graduated, he still gives back to National College.  Jim is often a guest speaker for classes and assists in new student orientation.  “I want to be a part of bringing new students into the school and to prove that it can be done.  You can be successful with the training received from National College.”

Pictured (l) to (r):  Bristol Campus instructor Trisha Mims, graduate Jim Bare, Janice Abernath, the nursing supervisor of Johnson City Community Health Center, and Sheri Jessee, the director of the health care education presenting the Distinguished Community Employer Award. 

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