Three years after completing the Medical Assistant program at the East Valley Institute of Technology, Jesus Yanez Rivera, 21, is well on his way toward meeting his ultimate career goal of becoming a nurse practitioner.
Yanez, who completed his EVIT program and graduated from Mesa’s Westwood High School in 2014, has been working since then as a lead medical assistant at a pediatric office while attending Mesa Community College. He is half-way through finishing his bachelor of science in nursing degree, and plans to transfer to Arizona State University, get his registered nurse degree, work in an intensive care unit and eventually become a nurse practitioner.
“I would like to work at Phoenix Children’s Hospital or Banner Children’s Hospital for a few years as a nurse practitioner and then open my own practice and provide the best patient care possible,” Yanez said.
“Honestly, without EVIT, I wouldn’t be in the position I am in right now. I am truly grateful that I had the opportunity to attend EVIT and complete my CMA (Certified Medical Assistant). EVIT taught me … to never give up on my future goals. The sky is the limit!”
EVIT offers over 40 programs tuition-free for high school students who live in 10 East Valley school districts. Students take their academic courses at their high school for a half-day and advanced career training at an EVIT central campus for a half-day. EVIT also offers tuition-based programs for adults, with financial aid available for those who qualify.
The Medical Assistant program is one of more than a dozen health technician programs offered in the EVIT School of Health Sciences. Once they complete the program, EVIT students are ready to take the exam for Certified Medical Assistant, an industry credential required by many employers. In EVIT’s program, students learn medical terminology, body systems, optometry, EKG, phlebotomy, CPR and more, while also performing administrative and clinical skills in externships at doctors’ offices, hospitals and clinics.
At the pediatric office where Yanez works, he takes vital signs, vaccinates children, and assists the doctor with a number of health procedures. “I really do enjoy my job to the fullest,” Yanez said. “I start every day as if it was my first day on the job, full of excitement and ready to help patients in need of my care.”
As a man working in a health technician field, Yanez’s career choice is considered nontraditional because men comprise less than 25 percent of the workforce in those fields. EVIT encourages students pursue careers in which their gender is underrepresented because those industries are seeking a more diverse workforce. Employers will often give first consideration to nontraditional job applicants.
“I truly recommend EVIT to anybody who wants to put their knowledge to the test and make their time worthwhile,” Yanez said. “EVIT has inspired me to be the person I am today, and I truly owe it all to the great teachers there.”
EVIT students have a 98 percent high school graduation rate and 85 percent are in college, jobs or the military within one year of completing their training. Nearly every EVIT program prepares students to earn industry licenses or certifications. Information: www.evit.com
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