Student veteran motivated by helping others
Student of the Week: Juan Loera
As a veteran, Juan Loera says his amazing experience at South Texas College has shed light on new career opportunities, and encouraged him to never give up on his goals in life.
One of the best things, he said, has been able to interact with students and encouraging them to achieve their own academic goals.
Initially entering STC in the summer of 2018, he then graduated with an associate’s degree in accounting in December 2019. Now Juan is currently pursuing a bachelor’s degree in Medical and Health Services Management.
He decided to continue his education at STC due to the flexibility it offered through online courses and degree programs. His experience at STC has also enabled him to contribute as a mentor through the Valley Scholars Bachelors Program Scholarship, and helped make new connections that will help him in a professional career.
“Having served in the United States Marine Corps has taught me so much even as I continue my education,” Juan said. “I have really enjoyed the class structure and the friendly environment. Throughout my life, I have learned to never give up, and continue to push forward despite the mistakes I have made.
“We all learn and grow towards achieving our goals in life,” he said. “This continues to be a remarkable journey and STC has made that possible.”
“We all learn and grow towards achieving our goals in life. This continues to be a remarkable journey and STC has made that possible.”
The medical and Health Services Management Program prepares graduates for management positions in healthcare, a medical environment, or health organizations.
Graduates of the program learn to provide expertise in healthcare systems management, finance, medical staff roles and responsibilities, reimbursement mechanisms, electronic medical recording, and privacy and ethical issues related to the healthcare industry.
Juan says his career plans include working for Parallon as a Patient Access manager and succeed in the corporate environment.
“My future plans include developing wellness programs for patients and helping to improve healthcare access for vulnerable populations,” he said. “My key message to other students is to always be positive and have this inner drive to achieve more in life. It is very important to find something that you love to do and pick a career path that best fits you.
“Take full advantage of the valuable resources available in college and be actively academically engaged to ensure a higher academic success rate,” Juan said.