OBC Alumni Spotlight: Ashten Howard
Posted on July 7, 2016
Written by Morgan O'Rourke
The path to bettering your life and making your dreams a reality all starts with hard work, dedication, and pursuing higher education.
Despite setback and challenges, Ashten Howard, a graduate of OBC’s medical assisting and medical administrative assistant programs, achieved her goals and loves the career she worked so hard to create. Read about Ashten Howard’s time at OBC, and see what she’s up to now:
- Why did you decide to continue your education at Ohio Business College?
I decided to continue my education at Ohio Business College because I felt like it was the perfect school for me. I love how everyone knew my name and I wasn’t just a face. OBC teachers really care about their students; [OBC] was more like a family. I recommend Ohio business College to anyone looking to go to [a career training] school.
- Why did you enroll in the Medical Assisting (MA) and Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA) Programs?
When I first enrolled at Ohio Business College, I decided to enroll in the Medical Assisting diploma program, as I was looking to do something hands-on. Once I graduated from the MA program, I wanted to go back to school to further my education.
I knew that I had a better chance at getting the career I wanted if I went back to school. Immediately after graduating, I enrolled in OBC’s Medical Administrative Assistant associate degree program. This was one of the best decisions I ever made.
[Doctor’s like to utilize all of their] workers, so I felt that if I could work with doctors as an MA and work the front office as an MAA, I would be able to land the job I really wanted.
- What were your favorite things about the MA and MAA programs?
My favorite thing about the MA program was the instructors. They were very caring and felt more like family. I also made new friends in which I still communicate with. The program itself is also amazing. I learned so much.
My favorite thing about the MAA program was that [I got to take] different classes like professional communications and political science.
- What was the most difficult or challenging thing about these programs?
Having a family and life outside of school was the most difficult part for me. Trying to work and take care of my kids – while maintaining good grades – was a challenge, but it was definitely worth it.
- How did Ohio Business College help you succeed in your studies and accomplish your goals?
Ohio Business College helped me with my studies by being there for me whenever I had an issue or didn’t understand something. Instructors went out their way to tutor me and other students outside of class.
- Tell us about your clinical externship.
My clinical externship wasn’t like the average externship. I lost my form of transportation and things in my personal life were going downhill. I thought my life was over and I felt like I had come so far to only fail myself.
That’s when my lab instructor saved me. I was originally placed at a doctor’s office for my clinical externship, which was too far for me to find a ride back and forth. But my lab instructor refused to see me give up. She made a way for me [to still succeed by allowing] me to do my clinicals in the lab as her assistant.
Although she made a way for me, it wasn’t easy; she put me to work! I did the MA program first, which made my life a lot easier when I enrolled in the MAA program because my [clinical] credits transferred [and I was not required to do an MAA clinical externship].
- What assistance did you receive when you started your job search?
When starting my job search, I felt completely lost. Ohio Business College has career advisors who help their students along the way with their job search. They were very helpful to me, from helping create the perfect resume to mock interviewing. They were there any time I needed their assistance.
- Do you have a favorite memory about attending OBC? If so, what is it?
My favorite memory about Ohio Business College would have to be GRADUATION DAY!
- What do you think sets OBC apart from the other career education schools?
The staff, instructors, and the small class sizes sets Ohio Business College apart from other career education schools.
- How has OBC helped you post-graduation?
Ohio Business College has helped me post-graduation in many ways with my job search. Once you graduate from Ohio Business College, you can return to get any assistance with your job search or furthering your education.
- What are you up to now? (Job, activities, family, etc.)
I am 27 years old with two beautiful children and currently working at Heartfelt Help Home Care as an MAA. I am very proud to say that I LOVE my career so much! It has been such a long journey and I finally reached my destination. I never gave up on myself, and neither did the staff at Ohio Business College.
- What goals do you have for your future?
In the near future, I plan to attend school again. I would love to obtain my bachelor’s degree in human resources. I love school; it’s a part of who I am.
- What advice or tips do you have for prospective and current OBC Medical Assisting and Medical Administrative Assistant students?
My advice is to stay focused on your studies. When you need help or don’t understand something, ask questions and don’t give up. Even when the job search seems like it’s going nowhere, DON’T GIVE UP! It took me two years to find my dream job after graduation; don’t let that discourage you. YOU CAN DO IT!
Want to learn more about OBC’s medical assisting diploma program or medical administrative assistant associate degree program? Discover how our comprehensive, hands-on training programs tailor to your busy schedule and prepare you to succeed in today’s medical offices.