Adult Medical Student Balances Home and School
Warren County Career Center Adult Education student Letitia Trotter balances her Medical Assisting classes, never missing a session and maintaining a 98 percent grade point average, with home instruction for five children, ages 5 to 15. She made the decision to begin training in the medical field after two years of researching schools, and chose the WCCC Adult Medical program at Greentree Health Science Academy in Middletown, near her home.
“It was terrifying to go back to school,” she said. “I can’t describe the fear and anxiety I had, but my instructors have been amazing. (Instructor) Peggy Goodwin calmed my nerves, especially when we were ready for mock interviews. I haven’t worked in 13 years and didn’t know how I would do, but she really prepared me for them.”
In high school, she was interested in becoming a writer, but felt she lacked the confidence to pursue it as a career, and made a last-minute decision to not attend Miami University. “I let my fears get the best of me,” she said. “I didn’t have the courage I have now. In taking care of my son, who is 15 and has multiple disabilities including diabetes, epilepsy and cerebral palsy, I was inspired to go into the medical field and go back to school. I know that if I can take care of him, I can do anything, and my husband and family encouraged me.”
When she began evening classes in August 2019, she never bargained for her three children, niece, and friend’s child living with her family, to have remote education for the last three months of the school year. A home classroom with chairs, desks and a whiteboard keeps the children focused, and even the five-year-old, who doesn’t have to do schoolwork, loves to participate. During the day, Mrs. Trotter facilitates instruction in first grade, fifth grade and ninth grade, and then in the evening when her husband gets home from work, she begins her own schoolwork. She will finish her certification in October, and hopes to work in either pediatrics or gerontology.
“I have enjoyed every moment with WCCC and highly recommend this program,” she said. “My class is amazing. We have a text group talk daily, now that we are all working remotely. Everyone supports everyone else. I was discouraged one time, and everyone told me, ‘you can do this,’ and encouraged me. (Instructor) Kathy Tallon, calmed me down. I am looking forward to completing and getting into the workforce soon.”