Persevering through Challenges with Support from Peers
Donnell Cobb worked for over fifteen years as a dental assistant and lab technician, including eight years of service in the U.S. Military. While Donnell has worked in many different positions and settings, his dream has always been to work with patients in a hospital setting.
When he noticed a career posting from BACH on Facebook, Donnell was ineligible for the program, because it was limited to Baltimore City residents. However, he contacted BACH, sharing his interest in the field of healthcare. He provided contact information and waited for an opportunity to open for Baltimore County residents. “Well, a year later, here I am in the program, because BACH stayed in touch with me. What perfect timing,” Donnell says. He views the apprenticeship program as the opportunity he needs to build his career.
Donnell had concerns in the beginning of the apprenticeship program. He wondered how long it would take to adjust what he learned in school for a clinical setting. Learning the Epic software presented a big challenge as well. “I was no computer whiz and not being able to adapt to online tasks for the Medical Assistance classes presented a far greater challenge. I was afraid that I was headed in a downward spiral,” Donnell shares. “I owe great thanks to the medical staff, my BACH career coach, and friends who continue to push me.” He is most grateful to Chantell, a classmate who has helped him stay focused and study for difficult tasks.
“Now that we are nearing the end, what seemed unimaginable is now a bright outlook. It hasn’t been easy, but, with perseverance and the help of my peers, I know that I’m going to succeed,” Donnell says.
FOLLOWUP: Donnell is now a valued medical assistant at University of Maryland Medical Center. During UMMC’s Nursing Excellence Awards in May 2022, he was recognized with an Outstanding Nursing Support Staff award. Learn more here.
We commend Donnell and the 80+ BACH participants who have gone through apprenticeship programs for Central Sterile Processing Technician, Environmental Care Supervisor, Licensed Practical Nurse, Medical Assistant, and Surgical Technologist.