Posted on Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Kouri Tweedy, Central Virginia Community College 

Going from two part-time jobs with no career path to three credentials and a full-time job in the healthcare field in months is an impressive feat. Meet Kouri Tweedy, a 24-year-old student at Central Virginia Community College (CVCC) who turned her life around thanks to the Virginia Community College System’s Workforce Credential Grant (WCG).

Tweedy is living her life’s dream after receiving three health care workforce credentials at CVCC.

Tweedy wanted to begin on a career path and needed something that would help her overcome her ambivalence about education and her unstable employment. She first heard about the WCG program at her local Virginia Employment Commission Office and decided to apply.

Under WCG, Tweedy was able to take classes at CVCC over a four-month period, only paying one-third of the tuition rate. When all was said and done, Kouri earned the following certifications: Certified Clinical Medical Assistant, EKG Technician, and Phlebotomy Technician by the American Medical Certification Association – for a total bill of $71.00.

“For the money and time spent, you can’t beat coming out with three certifications and walking into a full-time job,” said Tweedy. “It was a lot of work in a small period of time, but it was totally worth it. I am finishing my internship and have a job, thanks to a teacher recommendation.”

Tweedy’s new career will provide her with a higher salary than her two previous part-time jobs. She is using her newly earned certifications as a Certified Medical Assistant, working with patients, conducting lab work, providing emergency medical services, and assisting doctors.

“I’m sure the medical field is where I want to continue,” said Tweedy. “I want to keep taking classes and hopefully one day become a nurse practitioner. The WCG was my gateway to that path. It really opened my eyes to realize how important education is and showed me that if you push through it, you will go places, both personally and financially.

Tweedy credits the instructors at CVCC for helping change her mind about school.

“The teachers cared that each one of us passed the certification exams. One of my teachers had more than 25 years of experience in the medical field. She was very hands-on,” said Tweedy.

Tweedy highly recommends taking advantage of the WCG program to anyone looking for a good career.


Laura Osberger

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