On April 6th I finally get to start school for Medical Office Technology! This is an area that I've wanted to work in for a long, long time. In 2006, when I was laid off, I applied through a worker retraining program and thought I was set to go. I took the test, got unemployment to approve my attendance at school, and had financial aid lined up. At the last minute the financial aid wasn't available in time for me to start classes. I was going to have to pay over $800 up front and then be reimbursed. I didn't have the money so I withdrew from classes.
I went to work and thought I wouldn't need to go to school. My job felt secure and everything seemed ok. Last May I got laid off and have been looking for work ever since. Since the economy has gotten so bad and the jobs are so scarce (the unemployment rate in our county is 9.9%) I decided to look into school again. I kept reading that one of the growth industries is healthcare. So I started the process all over again, praying about it, and seeking God's will.
It has been very clear to me that, this time, God is truly opening doors for me to go! I thought I had all the paperwork I needed from unemployment. I just kept having this feeling that something wasn't right - God's nudging. Come to find out there is a whole packet and process that I had to go through. I had to see a counselor at unemployment and she sent a referral to the department that approves the schooling. This will expedite the paperwork for me.
Today I went to take the entrance exam, check on financial aid, and see my advisor. When I got to the testing department they said that I didn't need to take the test as my 2006 grades were still good! Praise God! I checked on financial aid and it is still being processed - more praying needed there. I met with my advisor and found out that some of the classes I need aren't offered this quarter or in summer. I was a little bummed about that as I was hoping to be done by Fall and ready to look for work. As it turns out now I won't be done until November. I will be certified to work in a medical office so I can look for work. However, there's one class that I won't be able to get until Winter quarter in order to be certifed to work in a hospital. I can always do that as a night class while I work. That's ok too - it's all in God's plan.
I am starting to see the light at the end of the tunnel. This time next year I will be all done with school and who knows where God will have led me. It's exciting to think about what the future holds!!