Loretta Brazleton

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Loretta Brazleton started her career at Technicolor in Livonia, Michigan in Dec 1995. She was employed as a Material Handler until she was laid off in January 2014. She was making $13.00 per hour at the time of her lay-off.

She attended the SEMCA Michigan Works! TAA Orientation/TAA Registration in April 2014, and completed her academic assessment and her Career Workshops in early July 2014. It was during her extensive career exploration that she seriously considered pursuing training to prepare for a career as a Massage Therapist. She continued with her research exploring labor market information and job availability in Michigan. She was satisfied with the 20% growth outlook for that field and proceeded researching schools for the training.

After researching three schools, Loretta choose to pursue Everest Institute’s Massage Therapy Certificate Program and started the program in September 2014.

Loretta maintained a 4.0 G.P.A throughout her training program and successfully completed her training in June 2015, receiving a Diploma in Massage Therapy. She applied for a massage therapist position with LaVida Massage while in training, was hired and started later that month – the very day she completed her training. Her starting wage at LaVida Massage is $17.00 per hour, more than she was at the time of her layoff.

Loretta indicated that she found it challenging to redirect her thoughts and her life to focus completely on her homework and attending class to ensure success.

Loretta shared her philosophy for success, “A winner never quits and a quitter never wins.”