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Student Success Story!

17 April 2014 By Emily Hohf

Meet James Rankin, Medical AssistantJames Rankin WP

What were you doing prior to enrolling at Pioneer pacific College? I was a warehouse supervisor for a local embedded computer manufacturer.

Why did you choose Pioneer Pacific College? I had applied to Lane Community College and was told that I would not be able to get into the Medical Assisting Program for 6 months. I learned about Pioneer Pacific College from my brother(an alumni). I contacted the college, made an appointment, and was accepted into the program that day. They (Pioneer Pacific) took care of everything for me and I started classes the following week.

Why did you choose the Medical Assisting Program? I took a placement test through Lane Workforce, 7 times to be sure, and came up with the same results every time. Medical Assisting was the top choice.

What were some of your challenges/experience while a student at Pioneer Pacific College? I thought that I was too old to be going back to school with all the young students around me and thought I wouldn’t fit in. I was wrong. I made many friends quickly and enjoyed every minute of my class time, projects and studying with my classmates. Some of the challenges I faced were relearning how to do math again and writing college thesis. Some of the more enjoyable experiences were spending time doing the hands-on in clinical classes with my classmates.

What was your job search process like? It was frustrating at the beginning. I applied to a lot of medical groups and offices, but with the support of Pioneer Pacific, I was finally able to land a job with PeaceHealth.

What are some of the skills you are using in your current position that you gained while attending Pioneer Pacific College? I am using everything that I was taught in class, from shots to EMR’s to soft skills.

What are your long term goals? To become a back office lead at some point.

What advice would you like to give other students at Pioneer Pacific College? If you can find the time to volunteer at some place while you are still in school, it will help you transition into the real setting of the medical practice. It also looks great on your resume that you have some experience in an office setting.

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