Jennifer W.

Health and Human Services Program

September 22, 2017

Before beginning her UMA education, Jennifer W. worked at a restaurant. When she became pregnant, she realized she needed to do something to improve her circumstances and create a better life for her family.

Jennifer had already earned her bachelor’s degree in Sports and Fitness, but she was struggling to enter the healthcare field. She knew that pursuing career training would open new opportunities for her to follow her dream.

After enrolling at UMA, Jennifer was determined to do her best. She completed her assignments and tests on time or before they were due. She even continued this positive habit when she went into labor, turning in all of her assignments before giving birth! During her hospital stay, Jennifer kept in contact with her advisors and instructors to make sure they understood her circumstances. UMA was very understanding, she said, and assured her that she could take time to focus on her son and her health, and that UMA would be there for her when she returned.

She soon got back to work, juggling a full-time job and single motherhood while attending school. UMA’s flexible online coursework helped her during those busy times, along with Jennifer’s own drive and determination.

She says her advisors were also a great source of information and encouragement. Her advisor called every week just to check in. “They encouraged me to stick with it—‘Don’t falter, you’re going to make it just as long as you keep pressing forward.”

Jennifer’s hard work paid off. She graduated from her program with a 4.0 GPA and attended the Spring Commencement ceremony to proudly walk across the stage. With the help of Career Services, Jennifer has also accepted a position in healthcare at a home care facility. She loves the work—particularly helping her clients complete daily tasks and regain their independence. Because Human Services is a broad field, Jennifer credits Career Services with helping her refine her interests to find the perfect position for her.

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