Get to Know WTI: Janice Wiant, Medical Assistant Program
Janice Wiant had an extensive background in accounting and payroll services before enrolling in WTI’s Medical Assistant program. She had always been interested in the medical field, and despite having an already successful career, she found that it wasn’t a fulfilling path. During her time at WTI, Janice was adamant about her education, served as a student ambassador, and completed her externship at Wichita OB-GYN Associates in October of 2013. Her true passion of helping people and providing them care came to fruition after a few short weeks, when she procured a position with Center for Women’s Health in Wichita. Her hard working having paid off, she’s excited to take on the roles and responsibilities of a medical assistant for a practice with core values similar to her own.
1. Which program did you graduate from at WTI?
I graduated from the Medical Assistant Program.
2. Why did you choose the program you did?
I enjoy interacting with people and wanted direct contact with patients and doctors. It was also a way that I could understand health issues with my family, the older and younger generations.
I chose WTI after a lot of research. I talked to many doctors and asked their opinions of what program they preferred to contact to hire Medical Assistants. The answer was overwhelmingly the same, WTI. Their reason was the quality of training and they felt that WTI’s program produced well trained and confident graduates that they felt confident to add to their staff.
3. What did you enjoy most about WTI? Why?
The staff at WTI is there to help you succeed. The admissions, instructors, career services, EVERYONE wants you to be the best you can be and they are there every step of the way. When I graduated I felt confident that I would succeed in the career that I chose. My externship was so helpful and well chosen for my own abilities. From that I was able to find a job that uses almost everything I learned at WTI and I feel like it gave me a great start to my new life.
4. What are your career goals?
My career goals are to become the best I can be with the foundation that has been laid. I chose Medical Assisting after a career that I had been in for years that was not fulfilling, and not what I wanted from life. I now have the background, and with the help of WTI Career Services, a job that I enjoy going to and the chance to keep learning as the medical field advances.
5. What do you enjoy doing in your free time?
I enjoy my grown children and I will soon be enjoying a new grandbaby. I have lots of home projects that I enjoy, including taking care of my two cats and a dog. There is always something to do to keep me busy.
6. Who do you admire? Why?
My dad…he had a very limited formal education but, there was nothing he could not do. “You can do anything you put your mind to,” I cannot count how many times I heard him say that. If he did not know how to do something he would just work at it till he figured it out. When he passed away in 2012, he was described by many of his friends and family as a genius and always willing to help any way he could. He never saw himself as the genius he was, he just did what had to be done to get by. Of course we did not always see eye to eye, stubbornness seems to have been passed generation to generation. That is not always a bad thing, though.
I learned from my dad that nothing is impossible, if you set your mind to it. I try to remember that every day.