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66-YEAR-OLD MOM, GRANDMOTHER & GREAT-GRANDMOTHER CELEBRATES GRADUATION FROM FORTIS COLLEGE IN LANDOVER

Bladensburg Resident Beverly Privott Adds Completion of Medical Assisting Program to This Year’s “Grand” Mother’s Day Celebration Tuesday, August 19, 2014 2:53 PM

Beverly Privott, 66, of Bladensburg, Md., has many reasons to celebrate Mother’s Day this year. The mother of three sons, grandmother of nine, and great-grandmother of one – with another great-grandchild due in June – Privott just completed her Medical Assisting studies at Fortis College in Landover. She will formally graduate June 12…about the same time she’ll become a great-grandmother for the second time!

At an age when many people might be thinking about retirement, Privott went back to school to get a higher education. She studied Medical Assisting at Fortis College so she would be better able to care for her mother, whose health is beginning to fail.

“Because I have to care for my mother, I wanted to study Medical Assisting in order to learn more about anatomy and physiology so I could monitor changes in her health and I’d be able to administer injections if necessary,” Privott says. “My classes were very instructional and I learned a lot. In addition to caring for my Mom, I’m now looking to start a new career where I can help others as well.”

Privott says Fortis career placement representatives are working with her to arrange several job interviews and she’s hopeful she’ll be employed in her new field soon. A new career as a medical assistant would be Privott’s next “grand” achievement.

Already she’s adding a higher-education diploma in Medical Assisting to her Mother’s Day celebration of her children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. And, after she formally “graduates” during Fortis College’s commencement exercises at the Bowie Center for the Performing Arts (6 p.m.) on June 12, Privott says her whole family will gather for a big party to celebrate the accomplishment. Who knows? A second great-grandchild might be in attendance!