Overcoming Life Obstacles

IAF Student SuccessAlready as a young man, Johnathan Edwards has overcome many life obstacles. At the age of two, his mother and two brothers passed away in a house fire. At the time, Johnathan was staying with his grandmother, who passed shortly after the tragedy. A guiding star in his life, his aunt raised him along with her four kids.

As a freshman in high school he moved to Oakland and attended Oakland High School, where he excelled in the JROTC program. In his junior year he received the African America Achievement Award for his 3.25 GPA. In his final year of high school, Johnathan and became Lieutenant Colonel; the highest ranked cadet in his high school at the time.

Straight after graduating high school, Johnathan enrolled in the Medical Assistant program at Carrington College California in San Leandro, CA. Nothing was going to stop Johnathan from getting an education, not even the one hour bus ride to the school and back. In the 11 months that Johnathan attended Carrington College he did not miss one day.

“The best thing about Carrington was the teachers; they took time to work with students one-on-one if we needed it. They would take their lunch hour or time before classes to help students with homework and other questions,” said Johnathan. “They really go out of their way to help students succeed.”

In 2008 Johnathan graduated from the Medical Assistant program at Carrington and two weeks later he was working at Kaiser Permanente Hospital. Today, two years later Johnathan is still working at Kaiser and living his dream.

“I believe it is a blessing that I went to Carrington after high school because I was able to graduate in less than a year and get a job right after graduation,” said Johnathan. “Now I make good money for my age and am able to live on my own, pay my bills and pay my student loans off.”

Johnathan Edwards was a 2007 Imagine America High School scholarship recipient. Edwards graduated from the Medical Assistant program at Carrington College California in 2008.