Promise Recipient Makes Unselfish Contributions

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Student Success Story

As a young mother of a 2-year-old daughter, Daphne Glunt made the choice to further her education after high school at a career college. After doing some research on the Internet, Glunt found YTI Career Institute located in Mechanicsburg, PA. Finding a college nearby with programs in the healthcare field was very important to Glunt. After going to an open house and meeting the program director, Glunt knew that YTI was the best choice for her.

Glunt went from being an average student in high school to excelling at YTI. Going into her fourth term, Glunt has maintained a 4.0 GPA and 100% attendance. This is a huge accomplishment for her, especially since she is going to school full-time, working at a retirement home part-time and raising a young daughter. It is this hard work and determination that made her a 2009 Imagine America Promise recipient.

One of the reasons YTI nominated Glunt for the Promise scholarship was her unselfish contributions to the class. Even though she spends most of her time taking care of family, working and going to school, Glunt still gets involved with extracurricular activities at the school.

“She is always the first student in the class to contribute to the holiday door decorating contest the school sponsors,” said Marcia Reluck, a YTI medical instructor. “Daphne unselfishly constructs a lot of the decorations on her home time to get the job done. She is a real asset to her Medical Assisting class, and the entire class has benefited from her participation in all areas of student life.”

Glunt did a lot of research on scholarships to help finance her education. She found them through her high school, and YTI gave her a list of where to find scholarships.

“Fill out as many scholarship applications as possible,” said Glunt when giving advice to other students. Glunt, like many other students, is financing her education through scholarships, working and some loans.

“I was really excited to learn I had won Promise. It helped me decrease my loans so I don’t have as much to pay back when I graduate. It has really helped out a lot,” said Glunt.

Glunt is enrolled in the Medical Assistant program at YTI, where she is learning many different aspects of the field. She is learning to help doctors perform diagnostic procedures, physical examinations and minor surgical procedures. In clinical, one of her favorite classes because of its hands-on nature, she learns how to give shots, draw blood, take blood pressure and much more. Additionally, the program includes administrative competencies such as scheduling patients, ordering supplies, filing insurance claims and handling phone calls.

Many career colleges offer externships to students so they can get added hands-on experience. Glunt is planning on taking advantage of this opportunity and looking to do an externship with a plastic surgeon in the area.

“My school helps set up the externship and has been very involved with my career search from the start,” said Glunt.

After graduating from YTI, Glunt hopes to be working in the medical field, with an office branch of one of the local hospitals.

For more information about YTI Career Institute, please visit