Oscar Corral spent the last 27 years working in the manufacturing field. When he noticed job opportunities in the medical field were growing, he decided to make a change. He transitioned from working full-time to being a full-time student at Wright College’s Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center (HPVEC). Corral is currently enrolled in the Medical Assistant program.
Corral credits his children – also students at Wright – with helping him as he pursues his education in today’s technology-driven world.
“It was extremely hard because I graduated from high school 27 years ago,” Corral said. “When I went to school everything was in books – now everything is emails and computers. I was going to college here with both my daughter and my son, so when I had problems, I would go to them for help.”
Corral’s daughter, Gabriela, is currently enrolled at Wright College, where she is preparing to enter City Colleges’ nursing program. His son, Oscar Corral, Jr., graduated in May 2014 with an associate degree in accounting.
Corral also credits Medical Assistant Coordinator Christine Dzoga and nursing program instructors Beverly Bohus, Hilary Lee, and Donna Rice for inspiring him throughout his time in the program.
“All of the teachers are very knowledgeable and easy to approach. What I like most about the program is that you learn a lot in the labs and you get to be hands-on,” Corral said.
Corral recently won a scholarship from the Cook County College Teachers Union, Local 1600 (CCCTU). Wright College is one of the colleges CCCTU Local 1600 represents.
“I was happy when I got [the scholarship] because every little bit helps, and this will help pay for my summer class that I have to take,” Corral said.
After completing the requirements for the Medical Assistant certification, Corral plans to pursue an associate degree in nursing. “You can make a difference in someone’s life being a nurse,” he said.
Corral encourages other students – especially those returning to school later in life – to stay determined and accomplish their goals.
The Advanced Certificate program for Medical Assistant prepares students to become multi-skilled care professionals qualified to perform administrative, clinical and laboratory procedures in a doctor’s office and other medical settings. For more information, contact Christine Dzoga, Medical Assistant Coordinator, email@example.com. Or, visit www.ccc.edu. The Medical Assistant Advanced Certificate is one of the credentials available through City Colleges’ College to Careers program in Healthcare.
Contributor: Aasha Gholar, Humboldt Park Vocational Education Center