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Mastering High School, Medical Assisting and College Simultaneously

Jozlyn Grant will graduate not once, not twice, but three times in May, earning her high school diploma from Union High School, her certificate in Medical Assisting from Tulsa Tech and her associate degree in liberal arts from Tulsa Community College. 

“A lot of students don’t finish high school with a certification to be able to go to work in the medical field, but with my Medical Assistant certification I can get a job that will help me get even more experience while going to school,” Grant said. 

Grant began college readiness classes as a freshman in high school and then as a sophomore began taking dual credit classes, gradually earning 62 credit hours to complete her associate degree. 

Grant’s goal of becoming a physician assistant is within reach as she’ll begin college at The University of Kansas in the fall in the pre-nursing program, but she credits Mrs. Melissa Johnson for helping her succeed. 

“Mrs. Johnson is really an amazing person, and she makes it worth it. I don’t know if I would have been able to keep going if it wasn’t for her. Everything I’ve learned makes me even more interested in healthcare than I was before because Tulsa Tech is such a good environment for learning,” Grant said. 

One of the skills she has learned that has helped her the most is time management, making sure that she is organized, as well as having the motivation to keep going every day. 

“Jozlyn is a humble young woman that strives for the very best and looks past today,” Johnson said.  “She has a maturity beyond her years and a commitment level I don’t think many people have seen before.” 

Grant comes from a family of givers, as her mom worked as a certified nursing assistant, and her dad and stepmom both work with special needs people, which has motivated her to want to help and inspire others. 

“Jozlyn is someone for not only her family to look up to, but her peers in the classroom,” Johnson said. “She is incredible and to see all that she has accomplished is amazing. It is an honor to be here at Tulsa Tech and do what I do. Students like her make me a better person and I love seeing all the potential they have. Not everyone gets to see that, and it is an honor.”