CHOP Supports a Class of Medical Assistant Students with Guaranteed Jobs and Mentoring

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Students who graduated from Franklin Learning Center, a Philadelphia public school, with credentials as certified medical assistants were guaranteed jobs in Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia’s (CHOP) network. Thanks to a connection their teacher made with two CHOP staff members, CHOP promised to recruit, train and hire every one of Franklin Learning Center’s medical assistant program students who wanted to work there.

Those who chose to work for CHOP — 15 of the 33 seniors — were all hired. They’re taking part in a six-month medical assistant fellowship program, which helps them transition from high school into the professional world. They are getting extra support, including mentorship, classes and career counseling.

One of the students, Jaiona Pressley, feels as if she hit the lottery. “I didn’t think I was going to get to where I wanted to be this fast,” said Pressley, who is 18, working part time at a CHOP pediatric practice, and enrolled at Community College of Philadelphia. She hopes to become a nurse. “It’s pluses on top of pluses on top of pluses.”

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