Greetings from your Alumni Association team!
Can you believe the Fall season is already upon us? You may have kids back at school, be entering the busy season at your job, or be preparing for a new career opportunity. Time flies, and there’s no time like the present to make the most of your 2017.
With this in mind, we want to remind you that UMA is here for you as you journey through the year. Whether you’re needing career assistance, résumé help, looking to connect with your fellow alumni, or wanting to update UMA, we have resources and opportunities for each of these areas.
Check out this edition of the UMA Alumni Association Newsletter so you can get set for success and finish strong in 2017. We hope you’re excited to get back in the swing of things, and that you keep the momentum going all year long!
Alexis / UMA Alumni Coordinator
Will You Be Selected for a UMA Swag Pack?
Join us on Twitter for a UMA giveaway! Follow the participation guidelines below and five alumni will be selected to receive a UMA alumni swag pack!*
- Follow us on Twitter @UltimateMedical
- Tweet one sentence about how UMA helped prepare you for a future in healthcare starting by using the hashtag #UMApreparedme
- Email email@example.com with your Twitter username and full name
For example: “#UMApreparedme to ace my interviews and succeed on my first day on the job.”
*Limit of one (1) submission per person using only one (1) Twitter handle throughout the time period stated below. Five (5) recipients of one (1) alumni swag pack will be selected in a random drawing held on or after September 10, 2017. Selected submissions will be notified via their email address on record by September 13, 2017. Offer open to UMA alumni only.
Continued Alumni Career Services Support
As a graduate, you have the opportunity to work with UMA's Alumni Career Services advisors, who are dedicated to helping alumni like you find the right job.
No matter how long it's been since you graduated, UMA’s Alumni Career Services team provides job-search and career assistance at no additional cost. We can help you with:
- Portfolio building and career coaching
- Access to job opportunities in your area through UMA’s employer partners
- Interview preparation through mock interviews
- Résumé writing
- Solutions to overcoming employment barriers
Expert advice is just a call away. No matter where you are in your job search–we can help. Take advantage of these services by calling 888-216-0535 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out what your former classmates are up to:
Brenda Burton, Medical Administrative Assistant '17, recently began her new position at Sears Optical. She is working with insurance verification, optical prescriptions, and frame selections in her role.
LaShundra Coats-Nash, Medical Administrative Assistant '17, is currently pursuing her bachelor's degree while also working in the healthcare field.
Angelena Jackson, Medical Administrative Assistant '17, continued to pursue her associate degree and graduated from her UMA program at the end of July. She was also recently offered a position in her field.
Christine Lampson, Medical Office and Billing Specialist '17, recently graduated with a 4.0 GPA. She began her studies at UMA seven months after moving to the United States.
Cotye Leary, Healthcare Management '16, was recently hired as a benefits administrator senior associate at Conduent.
Tomarra Richardson, Healthcare Management '17, began her job as a medical records field technician at Ciox Health last month. She has already received positive feedback from her site contacts, and they've requested that she return for future retrievals.
Christal Roberts, Medical Office and Billing Specialist '17, recently secured a part-time job as the front desk receptionist at Independence Village of Olde Raleigh. She is thoroughly enjoying working with the patients at the facility, and thanks the UMA Career Services department for their assistance in her job search.
True Blue Alum: Michele Hendricks
UMA alumni who are finding success and making an impact
This quarter's True Blue Alum has wanted to be in the healthcare industry since she was a young girl. Like many of our UMA students, she pursued that goal despite all the obstacles in her path.
Growing up with a mom who worked as a Front Desk Receptionist at a doctor's office, Michele Hendricks, Class of 2016, fell in love with the healthcare field. Her passion for the industry only strengthened when she and her family endured health issues.
When Michele was 17 years old, her dad was diagnosed with stage IV prostate cancer and passed away the day after Michele’s 19th birthday. At the time of his passing, Michele was six months pregnant with her daughter. After she gave birth, her life unfortunately slipped into more hardship. While still mourning her father, Michele battled an addiction to narcotics and also suffered from diabetes and scoliosis. As she went through treatment for her addiction, Michele’s heart stopped from her combined health troubles.
Michele chose to push past her obstacles and take her life back into her own hands, changing for the better. She moved to Noblesville, Indiana, where she finally felt able to focus on her family's future. Michele enrolled in Ultimate Medical Academy's Medical Administrative Assistant diploma program—and kept going until she earned her associate degree in the same subject. It’s this kind of grit and determination that defines exceptional UMA students like Michele.
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Know of a UMA alum who is accomplishing incredible things? Submit Your Nomination here. Your nominee could be our next True Blue Alum.
Staff Corner: Alumni Services
Kristie Schweyer began her career at Ultimate Medical Academy as a Career Development Specialist more than seven years ago. From the beginning, she loved helping UMA graduates find jobs in the healthcare field. She continued growing in her role and finding new ways to assist students, and now she works as the Director of Career Services.
In Kristie's role, she supports the Career Services advisors who support our students. Her job is to make sure UMA advisors have everything they need to create positive outcomes for graduates. Kristie’s biggest joy in her position is knowing that she played a role in graduates’ successes.
“No matter how long ago they graduated, or how tough their current situation may seem, I love getting to make changes and support our alumni team in making positive changes for our alumni every day.”
She also enjoys being able to fulfill UMA's mission on a larger scale. In her leadership role, Kristie has the opportunity to help other UMA employees grow and understand UMA’s purpose of helping students succeed in healthcare careers.
She wants to remind UMA alumni to always stay positive, and to be relentlessly upbeat when communicating with employers.
“Every conversation, no matter how minor, forms their opinion of you.”
Kristie was born in Michigan, but has been native to Florida since she was two years old. When she’s not pursuing results for UMA alumni, she can be found writing, drawing, or enjoying nerdy pop culture.
Watch UMA's Alumni Webinars On Demand
Our next webinar will be in October, as we prepare for our live alumni event in September: UMA Fall Commencement!
Watch our latest webinar recordings on YouTube.
Career and Life Advice
The UMA blog offers useful videos and articles to help you navigate and succeed in healthcare. We’ve selected our favorites and linked to them below.