Perseverance Earns Local Woman Ultimate Medical Academy’s True Blue Alum Honor
May 31, 2017, Tampa, Fla. – Ultimate Medical Academy is proud to announce that Jessica Dailey, 34, has been named the nonprofit healthcare institution’s Summer True Blue Alum. Dailey, a resident of Mount Washington, Kentucky, recently earned her Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA) Associate degree online from Ultimate Medical Academy and walked at the school’s Spring Commencement ceremony in Tampa. A video interview of Dailey telling her story is available here.
Dailey decided to attend Ultimate Medical Academy after a year away from work and struggling to make ends meet. Being a high school dropout, she received her GED at age 30 and started attending classes at a local community college. She soon realized the traditional classroom environment did not fit her family’s needs. That’s when she found Ultimate Medical Academy.
The online school allowed Dailey to earn a degree while continuing to take care of her two special needs children at home during the day. Her dedication and perseverance earned her a 4.0 GPA and Alpha Beta Kappa Honor Society recognition at Ultimate Medical Academy.
“I began searching for online schools and that’s when I found Ultimate Medical Academy,” Dailey said. “The choice to enroll and complete my degree has positively impacted my family. I have become an inspiration to my children – they can do anything that they put their mind to.”
In October 2016, Dailey completed her degree and her Ultimate Medical Academy career services advisor sent her to a career fair where she interviewed and earned a job offer on the spot. “My advisor helped me recognize my strengths and coached me on my selling points and what I can bring to the table,” Dailey explained.
As a patient care technician with The Little Clinic in Mount Washington, Dailey is responsible for taking vitals, collecting patient histories, and running the front desk.
Enrolling at Ultimate Medical Academy in 2015 allowed Dailey to follow her dreams and achieve goals she never thought possible. She now intends to pursue a dual bachelor’s and master’s degree in Healthcare Management. She serves her community by volunteering with local organizations.
Ultimate Medical Academy highlights an outstanding True Blue Alum quarterly who is serving their community, excelling in their career and accomplishing other noteworthy achievements. Once selected, they are featured on the Ultimate Medical Academy website, in the Ultimate
Medical Academy Alumni Newsletter and on Ultimate Medical Academy’s exclusive alumni networking platform, ConnectUMA. True Blue Alum also receive congratulations from Ultimate Medical Academy’s President Derek Apanovitch, a certificate of recognition and an official school spirit item.
“Student success stories like Jessica’s are why we do what we do,” said Apanovitch. “She is an inspiration to our students, faculty, staff, and alumni and the wider community. We are proud to have helped Jessica accomplish her goals at school and in her healthcare career and to recognize her for her achievements.”
Learn more about True Blue Alum by visiting UltimateMedical.edu/alumni/true-blue-alum/.
ABOUT ULTIMATE MEDICAL ACADEMY
Ultimate Medical Academy is a nonprofit healthcare educational institution with a national presence. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida and founded in 1994, the school has more than 50,000 alumni and offers content-rich, interactive online courses to more than 14,000 students as well as campus-based training to hundreds of students. UMA students have access to academic advising, one-on-one or group tutoring, resume and interview coaching, job search assistance, technical support, and more. UMA is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES).