Catrina Hooper


Completing the HTC Medical Assistant program in May 2014 marks a special milestone for Catrina Hooper: She is the first member of her family to graduate from college. Add to that the fact that Hooper is deaf and it’s easy to see why she is proud to be completing a program of study that will allow her to launch a career that has significance for her.  She is passionate about helping educate members of the deaf community about their health.

“When my sister, Dinah, and I were growing up, we always thought about becoming doctors,” says Hooper in explaining how she decided on a program of study. “So now, I thought, why not become a medical assistant?” A mother of six, with five grandchildren, Hooper began her HTC education in Spring 2011. She was ready for the challenge of returning to school in order to reach her goal of working to help others.   

“HTC has always provided an interpreter and made every effort to provide me with equal access,” emphasizes Hooper. “The staff is really friendly and, in my opinion, the college has the best programs.” Since HTC is close to her home, Hooper liked the convenience the college offered. The longer she was at the college, the more she realized she had made the right choice.

“Hands-on learning in my classes, along with internship experiences, really prepared me for the workforce,” Hooper explains, adding that the friendly people at HTC have made her time at the college a great experience.

Now that she’s marking the milestone of graduation from HTC, what’s Catrina Hooper’s best advice to others who are considering career training?  “Don’t give up on your dreams and goals. You can do it! Be willing to get an education and learn every day.” That’s the kind of enthusiasm and determination that helped her achieve her own dream of becoming a medical assistant.

Last updated by jhanson : 2016-08-01 11:25:42