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Alumni Success - Brown Mackie College

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Alumni Success

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


Scrub Technician

Name: Sara Watson

Employer: Mercy Hospital

Taking on the challenge of making a difference, 2015

Sara Watson knew she would be happy in a career where she could help others. Specifically, she wanted to help people regain good health. She turned to Brown Mackie College ― St. Louis to achieve her goal. She approached her studies with determination, appreciating the intense focus on a single class each month. 

“I enjoyed my classmates and instructors,” says Sara. “We worked together in study groups a lot of the time. In classroom and lab sessions, learning was fun.” Sara felt well prepared for “clinicals,” where students work in a hospital, gaining hands-on experience with the theory and skills they learn in the classroom. “For me, sometimes reading a book over and over to understand something was hard. I liked the hands-on learning,” Sara says. 

Sara excelled in her studies, graduating in 2015 with an Associate of Applied Science degree in Surgical Technology. It didn’t take long to land her first job as a scrub technician at Mercy Hospital in St. Louis, Missouri. Now she spends much of her time in the operating room (OR). 

It is up to Sara to sterilize equipment and set up the OR for each specific procedure. She relies on her thorough knowledge of surgical instruments to perform her job every day. Sara’s role during a procedure is to assist the surgeon, passing instruments, draping patients, and holding retractors. “I am there to help the surgeon,” she says. 

She enjoys being part of a surgical team that helps patients in vital ways. Sara sometimes encounters people at the hospital who become short on patience under pressure. “Any time that happens, I just let it roll of my shoulders and keep moving on with my work,” she says. 

Always taking special care in her duties, Sara has learned to “throw off” suctions and cords carefully during surgical procedures, making certain to never contaminate a sterile field. She appreciates being in a position where she continues to learn new things every day. 

“You can never stop learning, wherever you end up in life,” Sara says. “Every day take a little bit of everything people tell me. It is important to keep your mind open to new things if you want to go far in life. We all need to be challenged to venture outside of our comfort zones.” 

Programs, credential levels, technology, and scheduling options are subject to change. Brown Mackie College – St. Louis. #2 Soccer Park Road, St. Louis, MO, 63026  ©2015 Brown Mackie College. Our email address is

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Technical support staff

Name: Gary S. Barham

Employer: Alorica and Comcast

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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