FROM INJURY TO OPPORTUNITY
LOS ANGELES, CA -- Mary S., a former Allied student was one of
several honorees at CARRP's "Many Faces of Success" awards
ceremony held at Luminarias Restaurant in Los Angeles on July 26th,
The event was sponsored by the California Association of Rehabilitation
& Reemployment Professionals (CARRP) and spotlighted injured
workers who have overcome adversity and successfully returned to
the workforce after completing the vocational rehabilitation process.
Several Admissions Representatives form Allied Business Schools,
Inc. were in attendance to congratulate Mary as she received her
certificates of achievement.
Mary was employed as an Electrical Lead on B2 Bombers for a large
aerospace and defense company. Unfortunately, due to working for
extended periods of time in tight spaces, she suffered damage to
the median and ulnar nerves in her right arm. With painful carpal
tunnel, it was clear that she would be unable to continue doing
such detailed work.
To make matters worse, her career retraining options were limited.
Mary often felt pain in her arm while driving, so therefore commuting
to a training facility would only aggravate her injury. Her vocational
rehabilitation counselor, Carmen Thompson from Vocational Exploration
Services was the one who suggested Allied Business Schools' home
It was not difficult for Mary to choose a new career path. She
has close friends in the real estate and appraisal fields, and she
always thought their work sounded interesting! She quickly enrolled
in Allied's Real Estate Salesperson Licensing and Real Estate Appraisal
Mary was an excellent student, and was highly motivated to succeed.
She passed both courses and then went on to pass the California
state licensing exam for Real Estate Sales and Real Estate Appraisal.
For the past three months, Mary has been working as a real estate
hostess and assistant, and is currently training for a sales position
with a major home builder. While selling real estate is quite a
dramatic change from working on a B2 Bomber, Mary is extremely happy
with her new direction in life and she couldn't be more excited
about her future!
Darnell N., a former Allied student, was one of several Southern
California honorees who received certificates of achievement at
the second annual "Many Faces of Success" awards ceremony
on July 20th at the Quiet Cannon Restaurant in Montebello. The event
was sponsored by the Los Angeles Region of the California Association
of Rehabilitation & Reemployment Professionals (CARRP).
The recipients were recognized for overcoming adversity and successfully
returning to the workplace after completing the Vocational Rehabilitation
Darnell's wife Felezesiein, his two children Dominique and Phillip,
and Admissions Representatives from Allied Business School, Inc.,
were in attendance to cheer him on as he received his certificates.
Darnell and the other honorees were congratulated by several community
leaders and guest speakers including the President of CARRP, Linda
Bello-Ruiz, Assemblyman Bob Pacheco, and television news anchor,
Statistics show that approximately 40,000 to 50,000 injured workers
in California receive vocational rehabilitation benefits each year,
and an estimated 43 percent of those individuals successfully return
to work after completing vocational training. However, behind every
statistic is a story, and Darnell's journey from injured worker
to successful real estate salesperson illustrates why vocational
rehabilitation works so well.
In April of 1992, Darnell fractured his left foot while on the
job as a painter for the County of Los Angeles. He spent the following
six years undergoing multiple surgeries to repair the damage, but
unfortunately, his foot never healed properly. Darnell's doctors
concluded that he should retire and find a new line of work.
Darnell was now faced with the challenge of finding a new career
path. After some serious consideration, he decided on a career in
real estate. Darnell and his rehabilitation counselor, Carmen Thompson
from VES contacted Allied Real Estate School and he quickly enrolled
in their Real Estate Salesperson and Real Estate Appraisal course.
With encouragement from his counselor and assistance from Allied's
"On Track Personal Service", Darnell passed the Real Estate
Salesperson course and then passed the California state licensing
exam on his very first try. He also passed Allied's Real Estate
Appraisal course and is now qualified to sit for the Appraisal state
licensing exam, which he plans to take soon.
Since receiving his real estate license less than ten months ago,
Darnell has sold three homes and is currently working with two very
interested home buyers - a feat that any seasoned real estate salesperson
would envy and proof that career retraining through vocational rehabilitation
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