Sara Hughes starts a new career journey at Tri-C
May 17, 2017
A couple of years ago, Sara Hughes decided to go back to school. When she did, she chose to attend Cuyahoga Community College.
The 35-year-old Fairview Park resident holds a bachelor’s degree in health administration from Ohio University and worked in the insurance field for 10 years. But after a decade on that career path, she was ready for a change. That’s when she found out about Tri-C’s Electroneurodiagnostic (END) Technology program, from which she will graduate on Thursday.
Electroneurodiagnostic technology is a scientific field devoted to the recording and study of electrical activity in the brain and nervous system. It’s used to diagnose brain disorders, such as stroke and epilepsy, and to evaluate the nervous system in the treatment of disease and trauma.
Hughes said she wanted to work in a field that allowed her to help people – it’s why she was drawn to the medical field. However, she knew she couldn’t “do blood,” which is part of the reason she chose the END program.
“Basically, you’re testing the central and peripheral nervous systems,” she said. “You put electrodes on patients’ heads and record brainwave activity. You learn how to perform sleep studies and nerve-conduction studies.”
Hughes was also drawn to Tri-C’s END program because of its its variety. Students can acquire many new skills over the duration of the two-year program.
“You’re taught a certain skill set that’s marketable,” she said, adding that the job market for END program graduates is ‘amazing.’”
It’s challenging for anyone to return to school after 10 years, but Hughes knows she has found the right career for her, and found the right school to help her launch it.
“Tri-C has really helped me make this transition to a new career,” she said. “It was seamless to transfer credits and to register for classes. It’s so stressful to go back to school, and if you have issues with basic things like that, it makes it that much easier to quit before you even get started.”
Throughout the month, we will be highlighting members of this spring's Tri-C graduating class. Click here to read more of their stories.