Kareem Jenkins, a 2021 graduate of Lord Fairfax Community College Medical Assistant Program talks about how the pandemic factored into his decision to change his career path and pursue a a healthcare profession.

Kareem explains the moment when he realized that he needed to “take his life more seriously” and made the decision to return to school to pursue a career in healthcare. He plans to continue this path to become an RN.

During our conversation, Kareem talks about the benefits of the Fast Forward Medical Assistant Program that allowed him to earn this certificate in just a few short months and how his professor helped him land his current job in a medical office.

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Founded in 1970, Lord Fairfax Community College is a multi-campus public institution of higher education. With four locations — Middletown, Warrenton, Luray-Page County and most recently, Vint Hill— the College serves eight localities in the Shenandoah Valley and northern Piedmont regions. The localities are the counties of Clarke, Fauquier, Frederick, Page, Rappahannock, Shenandoah and Warren and the city of Winchester. LFCC offers more than 75 associate degree and certificate programs in a wide variety of disciplines, in addition to providing access to bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs offered on site by a four-year institution. LFCC also serves the business community by offering workforce preparation programs for employees and employers. LFCC serves more than 9,000 unduplicated credit students and more than 11,000 individuals in professional development and business and industry courses annually.