Submitted by Mike Zitz, director of marketing and media relations, Germanna Community College
Once Dr. Juk Ting decided to believe in himself, the sky was literally the limit.
His parents brought him to Orange County, Va., from Taiwan when he was 14 years old. It took him two years to learn English. As a consequence, he struggled academically. Ting says he was in a downward spiral when he graduated from Orange High School in 1986.
He says he found himself at Germanna, where he learned to believe in himself and to believe in the power of his dreams, thanks to inspiration from GCC counselor Audrey Jordan. He began to soar, going on to become a doctor, then a team doctor for the Los Angeles Dodgers — and now, an airline pilot.
“Germanna helped me believe in myself and to have confidence,” Ting said. He said Audrey Jordan, turned his life around by telling him he could be anything, do anything he wanted to do and pushing him to do better.
Ting’s career and personal highlights include being type-rated to fly two different jets to international airline standards in a year, having been a flight physician for a regional trauma center, a physician for the Dodgers, a three-time amateur badminton champion in Los Angeles, and a regular guest commentator for a local radio station KAZN in Los Angeles.
“I thought my career would be as an auto body mechanic,” Ting said. “I got into medicine because I hurt myself all the time fixing cars. At Germanna, what I learned was you have to believe in yourself and believe in your dreams. And while you believe in yourself, you have to roll up your sleeves and get to work. At Germanna, they taught me, ‘Don’t be afraid to dream. Don’t be afraid to take it one step at a time.’ “
Ironically, Jordan now lives an hour away from Ting’s Walnut, Calif., home, and they plan to get together soon. Ting wants to take her flying.
“I don’t remember what I said to him,” Jordan noted. “But often our students only need someone to believe in them and give them a little push.”
“We’re proud of Dr. Ting, and proud of counselor Audrey Jordan for making a difference in his life and proud to help others like him every day,” said Germanna President Janet Gullickson. “He serves as an inspiration, going from being a lost student to several successful careers. There are thousands of students or potential students in our service area like him. They’re ready to reach their potential with a little help from mentors who care.”
For more on Dr. Ting, check out this video.
Featured image: Dr. J. Ting is a former student and graduate of Germanna Community College, where he attended classes at the Locust Grove Campus.
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