GOING THE

Distance
By Alexandra Walld

With two kids and a full-time job, Tabetha Gormley was extremely busy and didn't know how she was ever going to find time in her packed schedule to go to school and upgrade her skills. She needed something flexible, something that would allow her to choose her own hours and learn at her own pace.

"I knew that Mactech Distance Education had a good reputation and had been around for a long time, so I chose to go with them," says Gormley, who lived in Alberta while completing her course through distance education. "I chose them because I could make my own schedule. I had two kids and was working 40 hours a week—I was busy as it was. Mactech is a great option for someone who wants to upgrade or get training because a lot of people can't quit their jobs or go to school full-time because they can't afford it." Gormley had always had an interest in the medical field and hoped to one day have a career in the field, so she took Mactech's year-long Advanced Medical with Accounting program.

Tabetha Gormley

Tabetha Gormley took a year-long Advanced Medical with Accounting program through Mactech Distance Education and is now working full-time as an accountant with Testori Americas Corp.


Shonda Smith

Shonna Smith took the Computerized Business Management and Human Resources Administration programs through Mactech Distance Education and is now the receptionist and secretary for the Black Educators Association's Central Halifax Office

"And taking the courses online was the best thing I could have done.
I'm very grateful and thank them with all my heart for everything they have done for me.
My life is back on track, thanks to Mactech. I can't thank them enough."

She took courses in advanced medical assisting, medical terminology and transcription, and says that while she never really needed help with the medical side of the coursework, that instructors were always just a phone call away.

"You could call in and the instructors would be there. I never needed help until I got to accounting because medical was more memory-based work, but accounting was all about numbers, math and figuring out formulas, so I called in a lot with that and was surprised at how good they were," she recalls. "I was always able to get a hold of them if I needed to get in touch with them."

While completing her studies, she realized she had more of an interest in the accounting side of things, so when she came across an accounting job posting eight months into her program,she applied for it. She went for an interview and got a call the next day with a job offer. She started the following Monday and finished her program while working full-time at Testori Americas Corp., doing payroll, reconciliation, paying bills/sending out invoices and receiving money for the work that's been done by the company.

"I feel 100 per cent prepared for the job," says Gormley, who now lives in Winsloe, PEI. "Because I started while I was finishing my program, it was cool to be doing the exercises in the book and then going to work and actually doing them; it was neat to see the hypothetical situation and follow it with the real-life one."

Re-entering the Workforce

After two years away from the workforce, Shonna Smith wasn't sure if she would be ready to re-join the office life.

Thinking it would be best to brush up on her skills, the Hammonds Plains, NS native decided to enroll in the Computerized Business Management and Human Resources Administration programs offered through Mactech Distance Education. She excelled at both programs, which focused on accounting, human resources, business management, Simply Accounting and Microsoft Access, Excel, PowerPoint and Word software. Smith now works as the receptionist and secretary for the Black Educators Association's Central Halifax Office.

"With all of the skills I obtained from Mactech, I was able to adapt very quickly to my position," she says. "And taking the courses online was the best thing I could have done. I'm very grateful and thank them with all my heart for everything they have done for me. My life is back on track, thanks to Mactech. I can't thank them enough."

Smith says the staff support at Mactech was unbelievable and helped her find success with both of her programs. If she didn't call them looking for help with her studies, they would go beyond their call of duty and contact her to make sure she understood everything she was learning.

"If it wasn't for the constant encouragement from the staff, who were always willing and ready to assist me whenever needed, I don't think I would have had the strength to carry on. They really prepared me to return to the workforce," Smith says. "I highly recommend Mactech to anyone who wants to better themselves. I would like to especially thank the staff for their patience, constant guidance and concern during my two courses. Without them, at times, I may not have made it." cc