LA ORT Graduation . . . Dreams Turn into Reality
On Thursday, February 25, 2016, LA ORT conducted their semi-annual graduation with more than 60 graduates and their families present. The graduates represented a cross-section of all LA ORT’s academic programs such as Medical Assistant, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, Digital Media, Accounting, Business Management, Computer Aided Drafting & Design as well as ESL.
The ceremony started with opening remarks by Joseph Neman, LA ORT’s Executive Director, and was followed by speeches from few of LA ORT graduates sharing their experience, goals and dreams with the audience.
Karla Romero, accounting graduate took the podium and expressed that “setting goals is a fundamental component to long-term success. Goals help you focus and allocate your time and resources efficiently, and they keep you motivated when you feel like giving up,” said Romero. She is currently working as an Office Manager with a promising future.
Romero had put off school twice and became disappointed in her lack of progress. After having her two sons, she decided that it was time to commit to getting her education, and that persistence landed her an Associate’s degree. “My time in ORT has provided me with necessary tools to enhance my skills,” expressed Romero.
Phlebotomy graduate Odilon Urtiz leaves the audience with advice to “stay committed, stay thirsty and hungry. Embrace your pain, don’t let go of your dreams, stay persistent, build courage and believe in your vision walk of faith.”
Urtiz shares a heartfelt story on the struggles he had to endure while pursuing an education. He and his then pregnant wife were constantly moving around due to rent increasing. At that time Urtiz held a full time job at a restaurant and had to rely on public transportation. He sacrificed his sleep by waking up at 4am every morning to get to his classes at LA ORT by 7am.
His struggle didn’t last long, after completing 3 weeks of his externship at St. Johns Well Child and Family Center, he was offered a position performing lab work, which changed his life. Urtiz ended his speech with “thank you ORT.”
Much like LA ORT’s graduates, act on your dreams and turn them into reality. Allow LA ORT to change your life and push you towards a promising career. Contact one of our colleges in Los Angeles near you and find how our student services and financial aid can help you accelerate your career. ORT offers many programs and mentoring that opens the doors to your dream job.