felix bunton, inland imaging
For Felix Bunton, being a CT (computed tomography) technologist is the perfect job. It supports his family, the field is in high demand and he gets to do something he finds valuable. “It’s been awesome. It allows me to help people. I’m there for this particular moment in time in their lives,” he says. “Maybe they’re angry, maybe they got bad news, but I try to make this as easy on them as possible. I love what I do.”
Right out of high school, he joined the United States Airforce, which eventually took him to Fairchild Airforce Base in Spokane. He met his wife Autumn here, and when he got out of the military, he knew he wanted to pursue medical imaging. During the program, Felix worked three jobs. His family had one son going in, and his wife had their second while he was in school. It was a crazy time, he admits, but when he graduated in 2009, he had a job right out of the gate. Six months later, he went to work for the Spokane Veteran Affairs Medical Center. This summer he started at Inland Imaging because there were more opportunities for growth.
“Everything we learned in the program is completely applicable to the outside world,” he says. “It definitely equipped me with the confidence and the knowledge to perform and be successful in this career field.” The connections he made with faculty, fellow students and employers were invaluable. “It provided the best fertile ground for networking.”
He’s still busy. His family now includes three boys, ages nine, seven and five. “Three knuckleheads. It’s pretty crazy. It’s like WrestleMania, all day, every day.” He also practices martial arts and teaches three classes a week. “I live, eat and breathe martial arts, outside of job and family,” he says. Last year he also became an adjunct instructor in his former program at SCC. He was already working with students frequently in the workplace, and he felt this was an extension of that. “I was very honored to be able to do that,” he says.
“Coming from the military, I’ve always been kind of a service-oriented person,” he says. “I always wanted to help, to be a better citizen for the community and my country.”