By Staff Reports
(Victor Valley)– It had only been two years since he graduated from high school, but for Sergio Casarez, the time had come to make a decision. Having worked in retail since he was 16 years old, the recent graduate was unhappy with his job and determined to find a career he liked and had a future.
“I was at a point where I began asking myself why was I here and if this was what I really wanted to do for the rest of his life,” said Casarez. “I wanted to wake up in the morning happy to go to work, looking forward to doing something I enjoy. I decided to take a step of faith and to change careers.”
Recalling how much he enjoyed his science classes in school, Sergio decided to put his desire for helping others to work, and began researching schools that specialized in health care training programs.
“My mother has worked as a medical assistant for more than 12 years,” says Casarez. “As a result, I saw first hand all the stability and growth the medical field had to offer. Some of the schools I researched were fine, but when I looked at Four-D College, I knew immediately it was the right one for me.”
Making the decision to call Four-D College to learn more, Sergio set an interview to meet with the admissions department and took an assessment test. The test measured what he had learned in high school, as well as determining which health care career would be the right fit for him.
“I took the assessment, which was a great way for me to discover where I would be the most successful in the medical field,” said Casarez. “As it turned out, the medical assistant program was the best one for me.”
Continuing to work in retail, Sergio enrolled at Four-D College’s Colton campus in the medical assistant program as a part-time student. Eager to make the transition to the medical field, he soon decided to quit his job and fully dedicate himself to the program, taking classes as a full-time student.
“It took a lot of hard work to change from a part-time student to a full-time one,’ said Casarez. “But this was something that I really wanted, so I was determined to finish. I had to double my classes in order to catch up to the other students and graduate with the rest of the class in eight months.”
As part of his graduation requirement, Sergio accepted an externship at Central Occupation Medical Providers in Riverside. While Four-D College externs are not paid for working during their externship, Sergio credits this program with giving him the practical work experience and skills needed to succeed at his current job.
“I did my externship at a Workers Compensation clinic. We saw a variety of injuries, so I learned a lot,” said Casarez. “We did mostly minor procedures on work related injuries. However, some patients had injuries from cutting off part of their hand, foot or suffering from an open wound. One of the doctors was certified to provide care for those types of injuries, and we were able to assist him.”
Impressed by Sergio’s abilities, Central Occupation Medical Providers offered him a full-time position immediately following graduation from Four-D College. It wasn’t long however, before one of the world’s most famous hospitals learned of his skills, and offered him a position. He accepted, and now four years later, he works in their pediatrics department as a medical assistant.
“My life has changed and now my future is set,” said Casarez. “I have something I can rely on and that I love to do. I wake up every morning looking forward to going to work because I have a great career. Enrolling in Four-D College was one of the best decisions I have ever made.”
So what advice does Sergio have for others looking to make a change in their life?
“Four-D College believes in you and what you want to do. Their motto is “your success is our goal,” and they take that very seriously. They go above and beyond making sure each student is able to achieve. They care about you, the person and want to make sure you are a success even after graduation,” said Casarez.
Four-D College provides education in the growing health care field at locations in Colton and Victorville. Four-D College offers programs in vocational nursing, medical assistant, medical billing and coding, dental assistant, massage therapy and pharmacy technician.
New courses begin monthly at Four-D College and courses are available in the morning and evening to meet the needs of working adults. For more information or a free tour, call (800) 600-5422 or go to “http://www.4DCollege.edu” __4DCollege.edu._