For one Albany woman, third time’s the charm

Jerri Jarrell originally started college while she was still in high school, attending Southwest Georgia Technical College to become a certified nursing assistant.

Soon after, she left college to become a full-time stay-at-home mother.

It would be many years before she’d decide to return to school.

She didn’t make the decision for herself. She made it for her family.

“I wanted my children to see that it’s possible to overcome obstacles, no matter how difficult,” Jerri said.

She first re-enrolled in 2010 to become a medical assistant. Less than a year later, she left school again, deciding that she was needed at home and simply could not afford daycare.

Four years later, her daughters were in school themselves. Jerri was sitting at her computer desk at home when she decided she wanted to try one more time.

She enrolled at Albany Tech in 2014. This time, she would not leave without a degree.

“The third time around was much easier than I thought it would be – even easier than the first,” Jerri said.

“Albany Tech offered the hands-on training I needed, allowing me to walk out of school and into my chosen profession as a medical assistant,” she said.

And that’s exactly what she did. Prior to graduating, Jerri received a full-time job offer from Phoebe Orthopedic Specialty Group.

According to Jerri, the third time around was the easiest for one simple reason: she eliminated the option of quitting.

“I had the mindset that I was going to finish, no matter what.”

And she did.