'From admission to graduation': Woman finds support in Medical Assistant program

A Workforce Training feature: 

With support from family, friends and GRCC’s Job Training program, Bobbie Gutierrez went from homelessness to a career in a high-demand field.

After losing her job when her child became ill, Gutierrez found herself homeless in Florida. Eventually, her brother told her to come live with him in Michigan.

When she arrived, she knew she needed a plan. During a hospital visit, she stopped a medical assistant and asked her about her job.

“I was always interested in the medical field,” Gutierrez said. “I looked at a few different programs, and when I found the program at GRCC, I knew that was it.”

She found plenty of help and encouragement in the Job Training program.

“Jeff Byrd, my career coach, helped me every step of the way — from admission to graduation,” she said. “My instructors were amazing! Not only were they excellent teachers, they also really cared about me and truly wanted me to succeed.

“You can’t expect others to do the work for you, you have to help yourself. I am doing this to be a good example for my daughter. I want to give her everything I didn’t have – I do it for her.”

The next session of GRCC’s Medical Assistant program begins on Aug. 2.