TAMPA, Fla., Aug. 31, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Ultimate Medical Academy is proud to announce that Michele Hendricks, 29, has been named the nonprofit healthcare institution's Fall True Blue Alum. Hendricks, a resident of Noblesville, Ind., earned her certificate in the Medical Administrative Assistant (MAA) program in November 2015 and her MAA Associate degree in December 2016 from the online school.
Hendricks' interest in healthcare started at a young age. Her mom worked in a doctor's office and her family, suffered several health issues over the years, including the death of her father. At the time of his passing, Hendricks was 6 months pregnant and her life was about to take another turn.
After her daughter was born, she began her battle with opiate addiction. Throughout treatment, her heart stopped and she was in and out of the hospital. To get her life back on track, she turned to UMA to help her craft a new course for their life.
"My experience [at UMA] was exactly what I needed when I needed it the most," Hendricks said. "I had some great advisors and my [instructors] were always available. They always encouraged me to push myself. I credit their dedication with helping me attain a 4.0 GPA in both programs."
UMA's online programs allowed Hendricks to earn a degree while continuing to work and take care of her daughter. Her school advisors assisted with preparing her to secure her position with Midwest Eye Consultants. And, thanks to the skills she built at the school, she was soon rewarded with a promotion.
As an optical manager with Midwest Eye Consultants in Noblesville, Hendricks manages a team of opticians and ensures patient care is first and foremost. Hendricks even implemented a contact lens recycling program in various Midwest Eye Consultants throughout Indiana.
Enrolling at UMA allowed Hendricks to follow her dreams and achieve goals she never thought possible at work and in the community. In Noblesville, she is a community addiction advocate raising awareness and mentoring young adults who are struggling to see a bright future. Later this year, she intends to become a Certified Paraoptometric, or CPO.
UMA highlights an outstanding True Blue Alum quarterly who is serving their community, excelling in their career and accomplishing other noteworthy achievements. Once selected, they are featured on the UMA website, in the UMA Alumni Newsletter and on UMA's exclusive alumni networking platform, ConnectUMA. True Blue Alum also receive congratulations from Ultimate Medical Academy's President Derek Apanovitch, a certificate of recognition and an official school spirit item.
"Student success stories like Michele's are why we do what we do," Apanovitch said. "She is an inspiration to our students, faculty, staff, and alumni and the wider community.
ABOUT ULTIMATE MEDICAL ACADEMY Ultimate Medical Academy is a nonprofit healthcare educational institution with a national presence. Headquartered in Tampa, Florida and founded in 1994, the school has more than 40,000 alumni and offers content-rich, interactive online courses to almost 14,000 students as well as hands-on training to hundreds of students. Ultimate Medical Academy is institutionally accredited by the Accrediting Bureau of Health Education Schools (ABHES). Learn more by visiting https://www.ultimatemedical.edu/.