I Did It Now I Assist Others All Day
(SAN BERNARDIO, Calif.) At 23, Sabrina Lorenzana recalls that life has not always been easy. It was just five years ago she was seeking a different direction for herself and her 2-year-old son. Having worked a few odd jobs in both local restaurants and grocery stores, she wanted a career that would not only provide for her financially, but one she could feel good about as well.
One day while looking through her local paper, the San Bernardino resident came across an advertisement for Four-D College. Having always been interested in the medical field, she decided to call and set an appointment to learn more about the programs they had to offer.
“I remember how sick my grandfather had become,” said Sabrina. “He required in-home care. The nurse that was assigned to take care of him was so caring. It left a big impression on me. I knew then that one day I wanted to help people that same way. Four-D College seemed like the perfect way to get started.”
After making her appointment to visit the Colton campus of Four-D College, Sabrina recalls how at ease she felt when discussing her education options with the admissions department.
“Everyone was so down-to-earth,” says Sabrina. “I met with the instructor, who talked with me and answered all my questions about the program. Then they gave me a tour, and showed me the onsite daycare facility. Since I had a 2-year-old, it was perfect for me. I could feel a very strong family environment. I decided to enroll the same day.”
Sabrina chose the Medical Assistant program, explaining that it was the best fit for her, as it would give her a good understanding of the medical field and provide her a base to ultimately become a Physician Assistant.
“Overall my intention is to be able to help whoever is in need and give them the type of care that I saw my grandfather receive,” said Sabrina. “It is a great feeling to be able to give back.”
After enrolling at Four-D College, Sabrina found her instructors to be extremely helpful and willing to assist her throughout the entire learning process. Describing the experience as a valuable “hands-on” approach to learning, she expressed how her instructors continue to encourage success, even after graduation.
As part of the learning process, Sabrina was placed as an extern at Dr. Mira Joshi’s pediatric office in Upland. While externs are not paid for work during this portion of their education, externships give students the practical work experience and skills needed to succeed in their chosen career path.
“It is so amazing working in a place where you get to see patients and their families really showing that they love and care for their doctor, who returns that same love and care to them,” said Sabrina. “I knew right away that this was exactly the career that was for me.”
Apparently Dr. Joshi agreed with Sabrina, because the very day she was scheduled to graduate from her eight-month program at Four-D College, Sabrina was given an offer to stay on as a full-time employee.
So how does Sabrina feel about her new career as a health care professional? She sums up her future as being very positive with much less stress.
“Life has changed dramatically for me,” said Sabrina. “Since graduating from Four-D College I have a great job and I am no longer living paycheck to paycheck. Life is much better now because I look forward to waking up and going to work in the morning and I come home with a smile. It really has been a blessing.
Four-D College provides education in the growing health care field at locations in Colton and Victorville. Four-D College offers programs in vocational nursing, medical assistant, medical billing and coding, dental assistant, massage therapy and pharmacy technician.
New courses begin monthly at Four-D College and most courses are offered in the day and evening. Massage Therapy and Dental Assistant programs are offered in the daytime.
For more information or a free tour, call (800) 600-5422 or go to 4DCollege.edu.