Joelmy Martinez Overcomes Obstacles with a Focus on the Future
Joelmy Martinez speaks nine languages. He was born in France but grew up in Haiti. He came to the United States looking for a career that could hone in his vast people skills and allow him to continue to grow.
When friends suggested researching schools for continuing his education, Joelmy found Florida Career College online and was impressed with the school’s positive reviews.
He enrolled in the Business Office Administration (BOA) program at FCC’s Jacksonville campus, where he could learn and practice the skills needed to prepare him for an entry-level administration career. With this knowledge, he will have the opportunity to take the knowledge gained at FCC and work in the field.
“I love the whole staff at FCC,” Joelmy said. “There are so many great people on staff it’s hard to pick a favorite. We are like a big family.”
Joelmy is consistently on President’s List and has perfect attendance at FCC. He’s known around the administrative office and misses seeing the staff while he’s out on his 200-hour externship at Advantage Dermatology, where Joemly is working in both their office and clinic settings.
“I work at the front desk doing receptionist duties, administration orders, and paperwork,” Joelmy said. “When I’m in the clinic I take patient information, and in the office, I take calls from patients through the call center and make appointments for them.”
He never saw himself working in the medical industry, but he’s enjoying the experience and has already received two offers – one from the office and one from the clinic.
“I had the pleasure of Mr. Martinez in my classes and he was always the energy in the room, an engaging, well prepared and inquisitive student. There is no doubt he loves to read and analyze the content. I found his insights and perspectives quite powerful and often set the standard for his classmates,” said Michael Lomax, BOA Instructor.
As a driven student, Joelmy pursues every opportunity to better himself and his career. He stands out at FCC and he is so grateful for the college community that has helped him through tougher times.
“During school, my uncle and my grandfather both passed away in the same week. That put me down and the whole school was there to support me and push me through,” he said. When he feels down or feels the pressures of school and life weighing on him, the FCC community is there to remind him to keep going.
His experience in the BOA program has inspired him to continue to learn and one day he wants to work in higher education. “I see the way the staff helps every single one of us students. They help us with our lives and it makes me want to do that someday,” he said.
“When you have a student like Joelmy who has perfect attendance, it is easy to for everyone to recognize him. However, he also stands out in his presence. He is friendly, courteous, and always handles himself with the utmost professionalism,” said Wyman Dickey, FCC Jacksonville Executive Director. “This demeanor along with his high levels of academic achievement earned him attention. His success is truly deserved.”
To no surprise, Joelmy is right on track to graduate this fall. One of his favorite things about FCC is that ever since orientation, the staff never refers to him nor his classmates as “students.” Instead, they refer to them as “future graduates.”
“By calling me a ‘future graduate’ it makes me always remember that I’m going to be graduating. No matter what comes in front of me, I will finish and I will overcome.”
“By calling me a ‘future graduate’ it makes me always remember that I’m going to be graduating. No matter what comes in front of me, I will finish and I will overcome.”Read More >
Being able to mentor and guide students and encourage them every step of the way, is very rewarding…I love being able to be part of the path to helping them achieve that.”Read More >