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“Amazing support. I’m grateful for the supportive family culture that First Institute offered. I’m forever grateful that First Institute was like ‘you got this.”

Dr. Robert Hoffman DDS, MS, Hoffman Orthodontics


“First Institute trains people to do a wide variety of things, whether it’s taking x-rays or helping people improve their oral hygiene, they have the knowledge base we’re looking for.”



“I liked how the teachers were very hands-on with us, we were able to do lab work. I like that I was able to work with my fellow classmates… I felt very prepared.”



“Massage therapy is in-demand right now. We’re hiring because we have the demand.”



“I realized right away it was something I was meant to do all along, especially since they welcomed me like family.”



“[Massage therapy] is a career where you’re genuinely helping people. And I think the best massage therapists absolutely have that.”

Refer A Friend


First Institute has been serving the community for 40 years providing high-quality, in-demand career training to help support our community partners in hiring needs. The healthcare field is booming right now, and quality workforce in Medical Assisting, Dental Assisting, and Massage Therapy is needed now more than ever. Do you know you anyone who could

Tasha T, Medical Assistant


Meet Tasha Tatroe, is a 2020 graduate of the Medical Assistant program. Tasha is currently employed as a Medical Assistant at Advocate Medical Group. Tasha chose First Institute because she was attracted to the smaller class sizes and hands-on learning. She went on to say, “the position I took with Advocate Medical Group requires a

Mary S, Massage Therapy


Meet Mary Schmarje, a 2019 graduate of our Massage Therapy program. Mary is currently employed by TLC Massage Therapy as a Licensed Massage Therapist. After graduating, Mary was confident in her skills, “my teachers worked very hard to teach us the curriculum in a way we would all understand. They were patient, honest and held

Grisel A, Medical Assistant


Meet Grisel T. Alcantar, a 2020 graduate of the Medical Assistant program. Grisel is employed at Advocate Medical Group OBGYN as a Medical Assistant.  Grisel is also a winner of the $2k Performance Scholarship in 2021 given out to an esteemed graduate who excels in and out of the classroom. Grisel chose First Institute because,