Brighton Center

Linda Burton

CET is the first strategic move Linda ever made for herself, by herself.

After growing up in Bakersfield, California, Linda joined the military in 2005 where she served as combat medic in San Antonio at the Brooke Army Medical Center. After three years, Linda received a medical discharge from the Army because of a fractured hip, tibia and ankle. 

Naturally smart about finances, she wisely used her discharge compensation to earn an associate’s degree in child development.

During 2007 to 2010, Linda got married and had three wonderful boys. Although her husband objected, Linda worked and enjoyed new friendships while finishing school and caring for her family. However, by 2012 her husband put his foot down on her blossoming independence and moved the family to Kentucky.

For a time, Linda did nothing except take care of the kids. “When I look back, I don’t think Linda existed. I had to do this and had to do that, but none of my personality was involved. Being able to work was a struggle; my husband wouldn’t let me leave.”

In January of 2013, the pipes in Linda’s house froze and exploded, requiring their insurance company to move them into a hotel. “I realized then that I had nothing of my own; no bank account, no home equity, and no car. Nothing was in my name.” Linda knew that it was time to address her own hopes and dreams.

Supportive Services for Veterans was instrumental in helping her find an apartment of her own. During their search, she was placed in the Women’s Crisis Center where she began the “Linda-Building” process. While painting the walls of the Women’s Crisis Center, a fellow painter mentioned that she was interested in attending an Info Session at Brighton Center’s Center for Employment Training. Linda tagged along.

Shortly after, she enrolled at CET to receive her Medical Assisting certification.

Taking the risky move and asking for help made Linda a winner. With the tailored support of her coaches, she graduated with her Medical Assisting certification in May of 2017. Almost immediately, Linda won a distinguished externship at St. Elizabeth Pediatrics, in which her child development degree will be put to fantastic use. “I know that I’ll be able to use my communication skills to put parents at ease and make going to the doctor fun for kids.” She recognizes that the “Linda-Building” process has taught her how to communicate, to self-advocate, and how to be a member of a great team. Linda is moved by the passion her CET coaches have for their work and for the success of each and every one of their trainees. “I know it’s a cliché, but self-sufficiency is what they really wanted for me all along.”

Linda’s desire to achieve her hopes and dreams are now a reality.

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