Alumni Success

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Read some of the success stories and testimonials from Brown Mackie College school students and alumni.

<h3>Gary S. Barham</h3><br /><p>Class of 2014</p><p>Technical support staff </p><p>Albuquerque</p></br><p><strong>Employer: </strong>Alorica and Comcast</p><p><strong>Job Title: </strong>Technical support staff </p>

Gary S. Barham

Teaching and Training Others about Information Technology, 2014

Gary S. Barham is a man who knows how to get things done. Before attending Brown Mackie College ― Albuquerque, he had already earned a Bachelor’s degree in Communications at Eastern New Mexico University. He worked for several years as general manager of the college radio station, KENW-AM, where he discovered the most rewarding part of his work was helping others succeed. 

“I have always believed in helping others succeed,” says Gary. Gary volunteered at Citizen Schools, teaching public speaking to middle school students. This work garnered him the honor of receiving a Volunteer of the Year award in 2011 for the Citizen Schools program in Albuquerque. 

As he worked in communications, Gary observed information technology (IT) professionals. “I always wanted to be like them. I also wanted to utilize my training and motivational skills to help others succeed in a more technical way,” he says. His father accompanied him when he visited Brown Mackie College ― Albuquerque to discuss a degree in Information Technology. “We met with Tracy Pelzer, admissions director, who made it quite obvious to us that Brown Mackie College ― Albuquerque was a good choice,” Gary adds. 

Gary approached his studies with determination and professionalism. “I wanted them to know that I meant business,” he says. “I learned that the director of the IT program meant business too.” He progressed through the program with an appreciation for both general courses and core IT courses. 

“The college prepared me to understand precisely how I can use my new skills to make a difference in an organization,” says Gary. He graduated in 2014, earning an Associate of Applied Science degree in Information Technology. Gary now works as operations trainer at Alorica in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The company offers business process outsourcing solutions for many different industries. 

Gary’s role is to instruct Comcast’s technical support staff to resolve problems and issues quickly and effectively. “They need to know how to provide the best customer care,” he says. “The technical expertise covers cable television, internet, and telephone support.” He strives to perform with excellence to ensure that the Comcast representatives he trains will become the best customer care agents. “I care about what they understand and learn,” he says. “I want each person to succeed in a very good way.” 

This new career provides Gary with two elements that he has always enjoyed - teaching and information technology. “I am now working for two of the most successful corporations in the nation! Alorica and Comcast are working together, and they want me to be a tremendous part of what they do. I am delighted to have the honor of working for both organizations,” he says. “I feel blessed knowing that great career opportunities will come in the future. I love IT and I’m now officially a part of it!” 

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Brown Mackie College – Albuquerque. 10500 Copper Ave. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87123 ©2015 Brown Mackie College. Our email address is

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<h3>Johnny Fennix </h3><br /><p>Class of 2013</p><p>Medical Assistant </p><p>Kansas City</p></br><p><strong>Employer: </strong>Pulmonary Consultants </p><p><strong>Job Title: </strong>Medical Assistant </p>

Johnny Fennix

A better life in caring for others, 2013

A new way of life began for Johnny Fennix and his family when his wife saw a television commercial for Brown Mackie College ― Kansas City. “She looked into it and thought it would be a good fit for me,” he says. “I visited the college and met with Angela Graves. After asking a lot of questions to better understand what the school was about and what they had to offer, I determined that it would give me the education, skills, and scheduling that would fit our lives perfectly.”  

He settled into a schedule that let him attend class in the morning, work in the afternoon, and spend time with his family on his days off. He even managed to stay involved in activities at church while he earned his diploma. That is not to say there were no sleepless nights as Johnny juggled classes and homework with supporting his family and spending time with them. “I overcame these challenges by getting help from my family and friends,” he says.  

With previous experience in health care, Johnny chose to return to the field. “I was a certified nursing assistant (CNA) a few years back and had the privilege to care for a family member. I enjoyed it and decided to further my education to provide a better life for my family,” he says. 

Johnny graduated from Brown Mackie College ― Kansas City in 2013. With a Medical Assistant Diploma, he began a new professional career shortly after graduation. “I obtained a job with the help of Dr. Virginia Walker, an instructor in the program,” he says. “She took the initiative to help me find a place to do my externship. I did such a good job that they hired me on.” 

He works as a medical assistant with pulmonary consultants at Shawnee Mission Health in Miriam, Kansas. Johnny’s work with patients includes recording vital signs and reviewing current medications. He performs various pulmonary function tests, such as spirometry, performs scans, and takes x-rays. Also, he is responsible for scanning, linking, and pulling patient records. 

Johnny enjoys meeting new people and getting to know them. “I like explaining medical conditions and educating patients about their health,” he says. “Most of all, I like learning from the doctors and observing how they work.”  

“Brown Mackie College ― Kansas City taught me how important it is do my job effectively. I enjoyed the support and dedication of the staff; the way they made sure I was properly trained and knowledgeable in the field,” says Johnny. “They gave me hands-on experience in many of the skills I use every day. Now I am able to work in a private office or a hospital.” 

Feeling a growing sense of satisfaction with his career, Johnny encourages others to discover the feeling of caring for others. “My experience and education allow me to care for patients like I care for my own family,” he says. “I am proud to show my family how important it is to get an education, and how far they can go in life with it.” 

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Brown Mackie College – Kansas City. 9705 Lenexa Drive, Lenexa, KS 66215  ©2015 Brown Mackie College. Our email address is

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