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New city, new me

Friday, December 20, 2013

Donna Hubeler left behind a career of 11 years to move to the Quad Cities Area in Illinois. She had not set foot in a classroom since 1978; however entering a new phase of her life motivated her to explore new possibilities. “I had always talked about finally getting a college degree, and it seemed like it was now my opportunity to make that dream come true,” she says.

She visited Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities with some trepidation, which immediately dissipated upon meeting the staff. “As an older student, I thought I might not fit in,” she says. “I met an especially nice woman who really made me feel at ease. I didn’t feel out of place at all.” When Donna discovered that the school offers programs, such as a food pantry, to help students in need, she knew she had found a place that genuinely cares.

Donna graduated from Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities in 2012, earning an Associate of Applied Science in Medical Assisting. She begins her professional career as a clinical medical assistant at Genesis Health Group - Silvis Pediatrics in Silvis, Illinois.

On the job, she splits her time between caring for patients, performing lab tests, and tending to the exam rooms to facilitate a smooth-running practice. “I do patient in-take, chart vital signs, and assist the physician. I also administer immunizations and perform in-office lab tests, such as strep swabs and urine dips,” she says. On the business end, Donna documents outside referrals and follows up on outside lab work. She ensures that the exam rooms are well stocked and disinfected each day, as well. Donna enjoys interacting with the young patients. “Each child is unique; some are challenging and some are just plain fun,” she says.

Donna recently instituted a campaign to educate her patient’s families about the dangers of smoking around children. “I ordered flyers and made them available in our exam rooms,” she says. “The educational materials were so well received that my supervisor shared them with another pediatric site.”

“I was extremely fortunate to land this position. I followed the school’s directive to send out ten or more resumes every week during my externship,” Donna says. “I treated my externship position as if it was an actual job. Before I left, I asked for a letter of recommendation. The experience went a long way toward finding employment.”

Donna continues to look forward to a bright future. “I don't think I am done yet with my education. I have been tossing around some new ideas about where I can go from here,” she says. “The possibilities are there; I just need to decide where I want to end up. It's never too late to reach for the stars!”

Brown Mackie College — Quad Cities is one of over 25 school locations of the Brown Mackie College system of schools (, which is dedicated to providing educational programs that prepare students for entry-level positions or to enhance their current professions in a competitive, rapidly-changing workplace. See for program duration, tuition, fees, and other costs, median debt, federal salary data, alumni success, and other important info.

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