Bambie Jordan


Bambie Jordan, a recipient of the 2014 GREAT Award, turned a medical challenge into a career opportunity. After working at a factory job for 15 years, Bambie’s life changed forever when she was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. She underwent a double mastectomy, chemotherapy, radiation, and a hysterectomy, and suffered ongoing side effects that made her recovery slow and difficult. Ready to return to work after three and a half years of recovery, Bambie received word that the factory she and her husband worked at was closing down.

Bambie recognized that she needed career retraining and took advantage of an opportunity to enroll in YTI Career Institute’s Medical Assisting program. At YTI, Bambie impressed all who met her. She earned numerous academic honors, including the school’s most prestigious recognition, the President’s Award, before graduating in 2013. Bambie recently earned a full-time position at the medical office that performed her reconstructive surgery, where she strives to turn her own struggles into the inspiration for helping others recover and thrive.

“Bambie’s story embodies the spirit of the GREAT Awards,” said Steve Gunderson, president and chief executive officer of APSCU. “She took full advantage of YTI Career Institute’s academic programs and made quite an impression in the process.”


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PSCUs open doors to many of the 9 million unemployed and 90 million undereducated Americans by providing a skills-based education. To remain competitive over the next decade, we must identify between 8 and 23 million new workers with postsecondary skills. PSCUs are a necessary part of that solution, having produced over 800,000 degrees last year alone.