Vandra Michele Fields of New Orleans, LA is a January 2016 recipient of the Second-Career Scholarship in the amount of $1,500. Fields is enrolled in the Funeral Services Education Program at Delgado Community College in New Orleans, LA and is scheduled to graduate in May 2016.
Fields’ first job was working as an administrative assistant for Gertrude Geddes Willis Insurance Company and Funeral Home, working on the insurance side. “Even back then, my interest was in the funeral aspect of the business and it was spurred by curiosity,” said Fields.
Later as a member of the Louisiana Army National Guard, she trained as a Mortuary Affairs Specialist (92M) and a Casualty Notification Officer and has now embarked on this journey to become a Funeral Director. She completed her service practicum at Charbonnet-Labat-Glapion Funeral Home and continues to volunteer there to gain more hands-on experience.
“I assist with funeral services, received training on first calls, merchandising, arrangements and assisting with removals. These are real experiences you can’t get from a classroom environment or just reading a textbook,” said Fields.
She is motivated by her 7-year-old son and believes she is setting a life example for him.
“No matter how old you are, no matter what setbacks you encounter in life, you should always put God first in everything, continue to move forward and make your dreams your reality,” said Fields. “My dream is to establish my own funeral home or care center, wherever God leads me.”