Tomas Luna after passing the National Healthcareer Association Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) exam
The Downtown/Pico Union WorkSource Center recently provided funding for Tomas Luna to pursue his studies as a medical assistant, and finally take steps toward achieving his dream of working in the medical field.

Tomas had gone to medical school for two years in his home country of Mexico and he had also completed training as a Lab Technician before moving to the United States. However, while in the United States, Tomas had worked 20 years in Quality Control for a meat company, and prior to that, he had worked as a lifeguard and a swimming instructor for Los Angeles County.

Tomas started studying English as a Second Language (ESL) at Evans Community Adult School in 2016.

In 2018, Tomas participated in an Integrated Education and Training (IET) course which focused on First Aid that reminded him of his drive to help people to live healthier lives and how he had always wanted to work in the medical field. After completing the IET class, he decided to enroll in the Medical Assistant program at Evans.

Tomas said that English was his greatest challenge during the Medical Assistant course but his instructor worked extremely hard with each student to help them overcome their barriers. At the end of the program, Tomas passed the National Healthcareer Association Medical Assistant Certification (CCMA) exam.

Tomas is currently polishing his resumé and applying for Medical Assistant positions.

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This story is part of the EWDD UPDATES from the week of April 8, 2019. Read this issue and more.