Meet Mallory Jamieson – a graduate of our Introduction to Healthcare Program!
After a long 2-year break from school, Mallory found herself in an OSTTC classroom as a student in the Introduction to Healthcare Program! This Introduction to Healthcare Program is aimed at individuals who are interested in a career in any area of the healthcare field in Ontario. Going from lectures of 400 people at McMaster University to a small classroom where you are noticed everyday, Mallory knew that OSTTC was the best place to get back into her educational journey.
With the extra support and guidance from her Grandma, Mallory overcame her hesitance to enroll in the program.
“I was able to overcome having to deal with many mental health diagnoses such as anxiety, depression, PTSD, OCD, ADD & ADHD. It was the best choice I could have made for myself, despite some circumstances that tried to get in the way.”
Mallory’s Instructor, classmates and OSTTC staff instilled a new drive in Mallory who wanted to go to class everyday with the motivation to learn. With this transition, Mallory notes that she felt incredible.
During the 16-week program, Mallory and her classmates were able to have tons of hands-on training. One experience that Mallory recalls was being able to learn the proper usage of needles and how to inject an IV using an orange! In reflection to this, Mallory says that
“having hands on training like that was extremely beneficial for me, and when it came to test time, it helped with memorizing and understanding what was being taught during that lecture.”
Mallory recognizes her Fanshawe Instructor Lynette as someone who kept the lessons interesting and makes you want to be involved.
Another key aspect that Mallory took away from this program was obtaining certification in First Aid/CPR and Psychological First Aid! With this program building in opportunities to obtain these certifications, Mallory can now carry this with her while she continues to work toward her goals! With this program being her starting ground, Mallory encourages others who are interested in a similar path to consider enrolling. “From learning how to handle your inner emotions, how to handle other peoples emotions, or what to do in a life or death situation, this program can help assist you in whatever goal direction you want to achieve.”
Since successfully completing the Introduction to Healthcare Program at OSTTC, Mallory is now enrolled with Fanshawe College in a 2 year Social Service Worker program. Once completed, she will obtain an official diploma in Social Service Worker. Mallory will then further her education by continuing in a 1 year Addictions and Mental Health certificate program. Mallory’s future goal is to one day be in the field of Behavioural Psychology with troubled children and inmates of the prison system. She plans to open her own practice on Six Nations so that all community members can have affordable and available services for behavioural and psychological issues such as addictions, trauma, neglect and more.
When asked what advice she would give to those interested in the Introduction to Healthcare Program, Mallory says
“if you’re thinking about it or even just considering it, do it. Because the worst that can happen is you walk away with all this loaded information that can be very helpful in anyone’s life, including your own. Stepping out of your comfort zone and taking that step and just saying do it, is such an essential part of finding out where your true journey is. This course helps you along any journey. Whether you’re just starting out, coming from a break, or don’t even know where to begin, this program can and will help.”
Mallory acknowledges the resources that were provided by OSTTC staff. “The staff offers monthly check-ins to see how you are doing because they want you to succeed, they want you to thrive. It is truly amazing how much everyone will assist you because they want you to succeed in any way.”
OSTTC is wishing Mallory a bright future while she continues her education with Fanshawe College. We look forward to seeing what Mallory will accomplish. If you would like to learn more about our programming and what we offer, please visit www.osttc.com.