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Stories From Fresno


“I have overcome various obstacles while attending school. I worked a full time job from 5 am - 4 pm every day at a production warehouse 7 days a week. I was always tired and felt like giving up every day while coming to school from 5:30-10:30 pm. I would cry to myself when only getting 2-4 hours of sleep a day but still pushed myself to manage to be at school and wake up for my job to be successful. I had the best teacher, Ms. Romero, she was the best supporter and always push me to never give up. I didn’t have anyone to help me pay for my tuition but I’ve managed to do it all on my own these past months I’ve been at UEI. I have finally made it to the end and I’m on externship.  The long days and nights of studying and being exhausted have paid off. Before receiving my certification for MBIC I was already hired as a claims examiner for Health Comp. The key is to never give up even when the road gets tough.”

- Alyssa M.

Medical Billing & Insurance Coding


“I am thankful for my family and friends, they motivate me on becoming a better person not just for myself but for my son Elius. Everything I am doing is for him, I want to give him a great life. I had a wonderful childhood but I would want him to have a better one. I want him to know that whatever mommy is doing is all for him. He is my pride and joy and honestly I feel like if I did not have him I wouldn't have been going to UEI. I started coming here when he just turned 2 months, he is almost 9 months which means that I am almost done with school. He is going to be so proud of his mom and I hope he wants to follow in my footsteps.”

- Alejandra R.

Medical Assistant


“Lucky? Luck has never been something that I’ve received, but I can say that I am blessed. I wake up every morning with air in my lungs and both my fiancé and daughter by my side. I have to say I have never felt lucky in my life, but I have always felt blessed within my life. Feeling blessed is 110% better feeling than feeling lucky. My alarm clock goes off every day at 2:30 am so I can start getting ready for an eight hour day working at Walmart. I have now worked in this area for a little over two years full time and dealing with the enormous amount of freight has led me to not want to work in retail anymore. I have decided to better my education to better my future. Hopefully in the next six months, I will have graduated with a Medical Assisting degree, completed my externship, and be hired at my externship site or another medical facility.”

- Tracie M.

Medical Assistant


“My biggest fear was failure. I was afraid of not being able to start or even being able to accomplish my goals. There are always obstacles in life that create a burden on others. I am thankful for Dr. Rexach who pushed me to do better. Honestly, the hands-on and family-like environment creates a warm feeling. It makes you feel wanted and able to be comfortable. My classmates are the ones to get me through a tough week. Whether it’s an exam that I am stressing over or having a baby sitter for my daughter, personal or not, my classmates and instructor are the ones to motivate me and be my shoulder to lean on.”

- Katarina A.

Criminal Justice


“I have always found the medical field interesting so when the opportunity arose from a bad situation, I took advantage of it. My mom has been in and out of the hospital for the past year, including two nursing homes in the past six months. I am her care provider and when she is hospitalized or in a facility, I don't get paid. With her health declining rapidly, I want to have something to fall back on. As hard as it is going be for me to continue if she happens to pass, I have promised her that I wouldn't give up and continue to get my certificate.”

- Rachel M.

Medical Assistant


“Now that I've went on to start a family and being a mother of 3 young children, I think about their futures as they get older each day that passes by. I want to be able to give them everything that I didn't have growing up. Not only that, but I wanted a change in life. I've been a stay at home mom for the past couple years and it’s time for me to start somewhere and do something challenging, gain experience, and further my career. It's never too late to reach for your goals. My instructor is awesome! Her name is Ms. Erika Razo. She makes class time fun and interesting. She is always willing to listen or help in any way she can whether it be in class or outside of class. It's a wonderful feeling when you see your grades get better and better with each module completed. My instructor makes me want to come to class each day and work harder because she reminds her students everyday of how anything is possible and we can achieve anything we want in life if we believe in ourselves and our dreams! She's made my experience at UEI so worth it!”

- Tia Y.

Medical Assistant


“I chose the Medical Assistant program because in December, my 3 year old son was murdered and it made me want to work in the medical field. What I love most about this program is the hands-on, in class experience. The program has impacted my life in many ways already, if I am able to help someone feel better or save a life, it will be worth every second in class and my books. This program really has saved my life. I lost two children 60 days apart in the ending months of 2018. The program gave me something to focus on and something to work towards. I feel this program is the best thing that has ever happened to me. The teachers are really one on one, they make sure we all learn even if we learn at different paces. I appreciate that they take the time out to build a personal relationship with each and every one of the students. The way the program is built there is no way I feel that I can fail, there are so many ways to get help and I feel like I have gained a family. No day is easy, but with the help of the Medical Assistant program, my wonderful classmates, and dedicated teachers at UEI, I know it will be worth it. My son’s favorite thing as a 2 year old was a stethoscope, so it is only right to pursue his and my dreams by saving one heartbeat at a time.”

- Sarah T.

Medical Assistant


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