LeQuita's inspiring journey to fulfilling her dream as a graduate of UEI College Sacramento's Medical Assistant program

Sacramento Student Steps up to Fulfill Lifelong Dream

Ever since she was a young girl, LeQuita Paige felt like she was destined for a career in the medical field but getting her foot in the door was not easy.

“It was inevitable for me,” she said. “I have a lot of family members that have been nurses and been involved in the medical field. Even my god mother is a doctor.”

LeQuita recalls as a child playing with her aunt’s stethoscope and visiting the clinic where her grandmother worked as a phlebotomist. It all seemed so exciting.

As she got older, she began to focus her attention on her children. Once they were all grown, she finally decided to go back to school. She attended a nursing program but never finished because life got in the way.

In January of 2021 she recommitted and enrolled in UEI College Sacramento’s Medical Assistant program.

“The clock is ticking,” said LeQuita, who is now a grandmother. “My time is ticking and I just want to pursue my goals.”

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With a lot of hard work Lequita was able to graduate in January.

LeQuita found a great support system at UEI College in Sacramento. Anese Warfield, associate instructor in the Medical Assistant program, said LeQuita was determined to succeed. 

“Like most of our students there are times when life happens,” she said. “LeQuita was very determined but she also needed that encouragement and to understand that she had support behind her. I built a connection and relationship with her to let her know–I am your support system and I want to see you win.”

LeQuita said Ms. Anese was always willing to take the extra time to answer her questions.

“The teachers were very helpful and nice, very resourceful,” LeQuita said. “They made sure that you had everything you needed while you were going to school. Ms. Anese really took her time with her students to make sure we got the knowledge that we needed and the training as well.”

Even with the support, it was up to LeQuita to succeed and she was not about to give up on her dream again.

“She’s very genuine. She’s in the right profession,” Anese said. “She has the heart. She’s very professional and honest. At the end of the day it’s very important that you get your education and you show integrity in the program because this is what’s going to set you up to be successful. She really understood that.”

In the future she hopes to go back to school to become an RN or possibly get involved in assisting with medical research.

She has come back to UEI College to share her experience with current students. When speaking to them she encourages them to keep their notes, listen to their instructors and keep pushing forward.

“Go for it,” she says. “It’s a good program and you won’t regret it.”

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