Dreams Come True: Kayla Jackson’s SCI Student Success Story

Kayla Jackson's SCI Student Success Story
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Southern Careers Institute made it possible for me to do what I’ve always dreamed of doing.

After losing my job, moving across the country, and selling almost everything we owned, my family and I are together and happier than we’ve ever been. I don’t know where I’d be today without SCI. This is my SCI student success story.

My Backstory

When COVID-19 hit, I was working at a factory in Ohio. I had been there for two years and had worked my way up from a temporary employee to a press operator and then to a forklift driver. The company laid off the majority of its employees, so my kids and I decided to travel with my husband while I was receiving unemployment, and they were in virtual school. My husband is a foreman for a welding company that builds refinery tanks for crude oil. At that time, he was working in Southern Texas.

Months after being laid off, I was informed that I would not be getting my job back in Ohio. We quickly decided to sell our house, my truck, and most of our belongings and temporarily moved to a tiny studio apartment in Rockport, Texas.

Later, after we settled in Ingleside, Texas, I began to search for a job. Although I have nine years of medical experience, all my licenses and certificates were only valid in Ohi. And, I couldn’t find a place that was in need of my skill set. It was impossible for me to find a job that would pay me more than it would cost for a sitter, as my children were all learning virtually at that time.

I thought of going back to school but knew that if I did, it would have to be for something I really wanted to do. It would need to be something that I could take with me no matter where my husband’s job might take us. After a few days of contemplating the idea with him, I made a few calls and decided on Southern Careers Institute and their welding program.  

Welding Classes at SCI

I began my classes within a week of my initial phone call to SCI and was lucky enough to receive financial help through unemployment. Everyone was so helpful, and I learned so much from my instructors. I was excited to be an SCI student. After seven short months, I graduated salutatorian of my class with a 4.0 GPA as a certified welder. 

Within three weeks of graduation, I had two separate job offers.

SCI Student Success

I now work in a fabrication shop welding, building, and repairing semis, trailers, and dump trucks, and doing all kinds of interesting projects. I’m doing exactly what I’ve always wanted to do and making more money than I did before the pandemic. My family and I are more stable than we’ve ever been.

If you’re looking for a career change with income stability, call Southern Careers Institute today at 1.833.SCI.TEXAS or apply online to be an SCI student. Courses are offered in business, beauty, medical, trades, and technology. Financial assistance is available to those who qualify. 

This article was published on: 07/14/21 12:05 AM

What SCI Students Are Saying

"Just finished school for welding. Had the best experience with Southern Careers Institute, and had a lot of fun with my buddies. Already working at SpaceX. SCI is the place to be guys! Don't wait any longer, sign up!”


Enrique H.

"I recently achieved my dream of becoming a CDL driver, passing my CDL exams at our local DMV in Edinburg. Mr. Gonzalez was such a great instructor, even though it was raining I passed with flying colors!”


Juan L.
Commercial Motor Vehicle Operator

“I made a complete career change when I started my training at Southern Careers Institute. I needed a stable career to continue providing for my growing family. SCI provided me with the medical terminology and know how that I needed to understand and acquire a career in the medical field. SCI taught me that it doesn’t matter where you are in life right now; you always have room to advance and learn.”


Denise S.
Medical Assistant

“I am extremely grateful for the assistance I received from SCI’s Career Services team. I enjoy where I work and what I do. SCI has helped me succeed in life by getting me the necessary education and by making me a stronger and more confident person.”


Raquel S.

“Once I graduated from SCI, I had a sense of accomplishment that helped me through the job search process. SCI provided me with the opportunity to brush up on my skills, extend my accounting knowledge, and they boosted my self-confidence. I went to work two days after my last day of school.”


Annette D.
Business Accounting

“When my youngest child graduated from high school, I told my husband that it was my time. I went back to school to change careers after spending 37 years in the business field. At SCI, the instructors are professional, and they care about what they are teaching you, as well as expect you to give 100% in return. I had problems understanding how to draw in syringes and give injections. I requested extra help from a knowledgeable instructor, and I was able to receive one-on-one training. Today, I draw injections for approximately 100 patients each week. I am very confident in what I’ve learned. SCI has given me the chance to do what I always wanted to do. Thank you for my education. I am doing wonderful.”


Bonnie M
Medical Assistant

“I am now a certified Lab Tech. SCI helped me get an externship, and I came out with a job. After my little sister had cancer, I knew I wanted a career in the medical field that allowed me to help others. I am happy about what I do.”


Sidney B
Medical Assistant

“The best place ever!! Ms.Tonia rocks she is the best teacher… I love going to school my time there is amazing.”


Andrea Garcia

“Southern Careers went beyond my expectations. Very impressed. The assistance I got from Career Services is truly amazing. They really went out of their way to get me placed. They really care and I am grateful to all of them.”


Olga C.

“Southern Careers Institute totally surpassed my expectations. Once I finished school, the Career Services team helped me find a job. I would tell anyone thinking about starting career training that you have nothing to lose and a lot to gain. I wish I would have started my training sooner.”


Valerie D.

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