Training For A Career

FEAT Hussein Yussuf

Hussein Yussuf completed OCC’s Medical Assistant program and was hired by the Syracuse Community Health Center after a successful internship there. Yussuf is pictured in OCC’s Mulroy Hall where he took Medical Assistant classes.

Hussein Yussuf has found a new career thanks to his own hard work and the multitude of workforce development classes where short-term training leads directly to living wage jobs. Yussuf recently completed the Medical Assistant program. While taking classes he interned at the Syracuse Community Health Center as part of his practicum. Last month when he completed the program, he was offered a job. “I was very excited. I never expected this. So many people have supported me to get to this level.”

Yussuf was born in Somalia but a civil war there forced him to flee to Kenya when he was a young boy. He would spend more than a decade in Kenya before bringing his family to the United States in 2015. Three years later he decided to give Onondaga Community College’s Medical Assistant program a try. “I had worked as a teacher in Kenya. I felt I could be very useful to my community if I was exposed to a medical field and had more knowledge.”

Yussuf is now a shining example of how quickly someone can go from taking workforce development-related classes directly into a career. “Everything is possible in this world through hard work. Everything can be achieved.”

OCC offers Workforce Development program offers training for various positions and industries including Medical Assistant, Medical Billing Specialist, Phlebotomist, Manufacturing, Line Cook and Warehouse Operator. You can learn more about career options by clicking on this link.

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