From Guatemala to a New Career in Healthcare

From Guatemala to a New Career in Healthcare

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Born and raised in Guatemala until age 15, Iliana Alpirez is a proud alumnus of SOCHi and an inspiring example of determination and resilience. At 42 years old, she is a mother of four, a happy wife, and a dedicated Medical Assistant making a difference in her community.

A Turning Point: The Decision to Join SOCHi

“Let me tell you a little about how I decided to join SOCHi. In July 2020, I had COVID and it lasted for two months. During that time, my desire to help others grew stronger. I always knew I wanted to care for people, and watching all those nurses and doctors putting their lives at risk made me realize I needed to help too. But I thought, ‘What can a 40-year-old woman with only a GED diploma do?'”

The Journey Begins

Iliana’s journey began with a phone call that changed everything. “I started looking. I thought I could be a CNA and began researching different schools. When I called SOCHi, the career adviser educated me on the medical assistant career. I knew right then that that was exactly what I wanted to do. So, I enrolled in the M.A. program in October of 2020.”

Success in the Field

Iliana graduated in July 2021, nine months after enrolling, and began working at a Center for Senior Care in Tarzana, California. “I love what I do. I get to help the elderly and their families every day! I am a very important part of their care, and it’s a pleasure learning a lot from the doctors and my coworkers.”

The SOCHi Experience

“SOCHi, for me, was a great program that prepared me with the tools to be a successful, efficient, and professional Medical Assistant. I feel blessed and thankful that I got to have Norma Torres as my instructor and now mentor. She motivated me and made me love my decision to join the medical field even more!”

Knowing Your Worth

Even before completing her externship, Iliana received several job offers. “Career services helped me discover several options in the job market. Even today, I still get available job opportunities that I would gladly take if I weren’t happy with my current job. It’s nice to know I have that security.”

A Bright Future Ahead

Iliana looks forward to continuing her professional growth and always serving her community. “SOCHi was the best option for me, and I am very thankful for their support through this new chapter in my life that I didn’t know was possible. This school taught me that starting a career is never too late. I encourage younger generations to start now; by the time they are my age, they could even be doctors.”

Words of Wisdom

“It’s not too late for anyone to be a doctor! Time does not stop. We humans get stuck! Keep moving forward.”

Amazing words from an amazing student. With knowledge like that, there wasn’t a shred of doubt that Iliana would be as successful as she is today. Congratulations on your success, Iliana. To all of your future endeavors, we hope you soar!

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