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  • After 18 Years, New Career Is a New Reality for Cleveland Pharmacy Technician College Graduate

    Abeer ("Abby") Shihadeh was a stay-at-home mom for 18 years. She had a GED but elected not to go on to college at the time. In September 2009, she made the decision to go back to school and enrolled at our Remington College in Cleveland, Ohio, as a Pharmacy Technician program student in our evening classes.

    Abby's motivation to succeed was very apparent to her instructors and the Career Services team at Cleveland, who worked with her even before she completed her externship to prepare for the PTCB certification exam, complete the application process, and get ready for job interviews.

    During the certification process, which took nearly three months to complete, Abby continued to work toward reaching her goals and studying so that she was prepared to begin working when she graduated.

    And graduate she did, in May 2010, with a 4.0 grade point average, perfect attendance, her PTCB certification, and her name on the President's List.

    With the help of Brenda Meyer and her Career Services team, Abby found employment with the Department of Veterans' Affairs at the Cleveland VA Medical Center's Wade Park Campus.

    "I'm doing really well there," said Abby, adding, "My supervisor trusted me and had faith enough to leave me on my own after just two weeks into my six-week training period. I have the same responsibilities as my co-workers who have been on the job for years."

    Said Abby, "I feel a sense of independence, and I feel great that I accomplished so much in a short period of time. Now, I feel my future is more promising."

    "Abby is a motivated person who always excelled at every challenge presented to her. And she was always willing to help other students. She had a goal in mind when I became her instructor, and we helped her achieve and exceed that goal," said Mary Lichtenberg, Cleveland Pharmacy Technician instructor.

    About her experience at Remington College Cleveland Campus, Abby stated, "Remington gave me the knowledge I needed to feel comfortable working at the position I wanted. They gave me the tools and knowledge plus the assurance I needed to land a job and keep it."

    When asked if she would like to share any words of advice to others who might be facing the same kinds of life-changing decisions she faced, Abby said, "There are really no excuses - it's never too late to go after your goals and dreams."