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A LONG, HARD ROAD One Bidwell Training Center student’s pathway to success

was taking care of her grandfather and her three sons, who are ages 16, 8, and 6. She knew she eventually needed to go back to school in order to better provide for them but was concerned about the logistics of paying bills, taking care of her children, and passing the math section of Bidwell’s admissions assessment test. Libran’s support system came

Libran Thomas credits Bidwell Training Center with her career success.

Her patients know Libran Thomas

best for her painless blood draws and the time she spends offering them comfort while easing their anxiety. “I love people and helping them

feel better. I like helping patients and doctors by getting information from patients’ blood,” she said. Libran graduated from Bidwell

Training Center’s eMA: Electronic Record Medical Assistant major in November 2015. Now she is employed as a Patient Services Coordinator at the UPMC Cancer Center in McKeesport. Prior to coming to Bidwell, Libran

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together to find solutions that would enable her to attend Bidwell. Her mother, father, and stepfather took care of her living expenses and her children’s father took care of the little ones. She also went to Bidwell’s Academic Support Center


strengthen her math skills and was soon accepted into the eMA: Electronic Record Medical Assistant major. Libran concentrated on school and gave her studies her best effort. “It was really tough and a long,

hard road,” she said. “But, my life right now is 180 degrees different than before I went to school.” Now she can reflect on how Bidwell helped her achieve her goals. “BTC has the best of everything. The instructors, guest


curriculum, and environment of respect and equality,” she said. “It was a really great experience. It was life changing.”

Program Start Dates:

October 4, 2016 - Chemical Laboratory Technician

January 17, 2017 - Pharmacy Technician January 24, 2017 - eMA: Electronic Record Medical Assistant

January 31, 2017 - Horticulture Technology March 14, 2017 - Culinary Arts April 25, 2017 - Medical Claims Processor August 15, 2017 - Medical Coder


Each year, Bidwell Training Center honors organizations and individuals who embody their mission and vision of changing the lives of adults-in-transition and who demonstrate significant contributions to the career training industry. We hope that you will join Bidwell Training Center as they honor this year’s award recipients:

Doug Oster, Pittsburgh Tribune-Review

Pennsylvania Association of Private School Administrators American Culinary Federation Pittsburgh Chapter


Thursday, November 17, 2016 5:30 PM to 8:00 PM


Bidwell Training Center 1815 Metropolitan Street Pittsburgh, PA 15233

Tickets for the awards and reception can be purchased and donations made online through Eventbrite or at: or by calling 412-323-4000 Ext.163.



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