Nov 21, 2019


Meet Deshayla, a  Fall 2019 JP Grad! This year we offered our participants a unique opportunity to enroll in a class at Valencia College where they could learn how to become a Certified Medical Assistant. One of those students was Deshayla Willoughby.  Check out her powerful story…

“The first thing that comes to mind when I think about what motivates me and keeps me going is God. Just three years ago I was sleeping on a park bench, pregnant with no diploma no license, no direction and no goals. God kept me protected through all the bad times and He showed me that I could be more than just okay I could be great!  My kids are my second biggest motivators. I was told I couldn’t have kids then God blessed me with two and I swore to God that I would do everything in my power to take care of my little boys and set a good example for them. I want to give them everything that I did not have and more. I want to be that example for my kids to let them know that just because you fall down doesn’t mean you can’t get back up, and that when you get back up that doesn’t mean that you’re limited on what you can do. If you put your mind to it and you stay focused, determined, and motivated that you can achieve anything you put your mind to! My third biggest motivator are my coaches and my Jobs Partnership family. They care about my success so much that it’s impossible not to want to push forward and do better. Just seeing how much they believe in me, makes me believe in me so much more.  Last, but definitely not least, I feel like I’m one of my biggest motivators. I believe in me so much I can’t fail, and I feel like no matter how much anyone else believes in me or how much support I receive from my family and my friends that if I don’t believe in me then I wouldn’t be able to succeed.”

Deshayla and the other six Medical Assisting students are set to graduate at the end of February with a license that will open up their pathway to a professional medical career! The medical industry is exploding with growth in Central Florida. Advent Health and Orlando Health participated in our recent Career Fair and are invested in connecting our trained and eager participants to high growth career opportunities!

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