Success Story - Riona Hunter
On January 20, 2015, Riona Hunter began participating with EDSI when enrolled in the Partnership, Accountability, Training, Hope (PATH) program. During her orientation appointment, Riona met with a Career Development Facilitator (CDF) and shared her career goals. She explained that she was interested in attending Medical Assistant training in order to build upon her current certification as a Nursing Assistant. Her CDF assisted her with researching training options, and Riona decided to pursue her education at Dorsey Schools.
Although motivated to attend training, Riona shared with her CDF that reliable transportation could be a barrier to her attendance. She did not have a valid driver’s license as she was working to pay tickets and fees. Fortunately, Riona’s school of choice was accessible via public transportation, and EDSI provided her with SMART and DDOT bus passes. On February 12, 2015, Riona attended orientation at Dorsey Schools and began training in the Medical Administration and Billing Program. Throughout the training course, Riona shared her progress with her CDF as she gained knowledge in both administrative and clinical skill areas. She continued to receive assistance from EDSI staff with ongoing transportation and documentation needs, and she remained motivated to accomplish her goals.
In February 2016, Riona transitioned to her externship and was accepted at Wayne Urgent Care in Wayne, Michigan. Having completed her formal training, Riona shared with her CDF that she felt well-prepared and discovered a newfound excitement in her search for employment. After attending multiple interviews, she was offered and accepted permanent employment at Wayne Urgent Care on April 18, 2016. This offer came just two weeks after completing her externship requirements. In May 2016, Riona paid off her driver’s license fees. Her next goal is to purchase a vehicle. The staff at EDSI is excited to see Riona continue achieving goals as she pursues her career in the healthcare field.
Riona shared her experience in the PATH program as follows:
“I feel that the PATH program has been wonderful. They have supported me through my whole journey with school. They helped me with transportation and always kept in touch with me. When I first came into the program, I didn't know what to expect. But from the beginning, they showed they were always going to be there for me. I honestly appreciate everything this program has done for me. Now I’m in a career that I love and I’m independent! Thank you so much for the opportunity.”