Chadwick C. & Pensacola State College
I can honestly say the Health Profession Opportunity Grant has contributed to my success.
My story starts in October of 2009, I lost my job. To make things harder my father suffered a mini stroke, and I decided to take a couple of months off to take care of him.
His progress was amazing and in April of 2010 I decided it was time to look for a job. It did not turn in my favor. The oil spill happened on April 20, and every restaurant on the Gulf Coast put a freeze on hiring. So I remembered the Exxon Valdez spill in Alaska, I was not going to sit around and wait on BP. I enrolled in Pensacola State College. It was not the easiest thing that I have ever done. I had my father, my health (I am living with HIV) and a household to run, along with school full time. How do you do it? I had to make my sacrifices, and give it my best.
Well, I felt like I was at my end point, and I was directed to HPOG. They took me in, offered me counseling and support, and every where that I needed help, they were there. The staff has gone far and beyond to push me to do my best. They helped me out with my school financially (tuition, books, etc.) There was several times I wanted to throw in the towel, but the support and advice they have given me kept me on the right road.
I graduated the Medical Assisting Program in August of 2011. I decided not to wait and I took my Board Exam, and HPOG helped me with studying and helped me with the travel expenses, and on August 26, I passed the AAMA exam. I cried like a 13 year old school Girl at a Justin Bieber concert. DON'T LAUGH!!
Then, It was time for my resume to be put together. HPOG, was so wonderful, they gave me tips, and helped me write the resume, and for some odd reason, It was not working. So my case manager took my resume and she put it together for me.
A week and a half later, I was hired on with the Aids Healthcare Foundation. A wonderful, compassionate group of people focused on one thing, and that was to provide healthcare for HIV positive patients regardless of their ability to pay. I was home.
My whole college experience was the best thing I have ever done. I had 3 college professors who loved all of my class and actually looked forward to teaching us, and pushed us to do our best, the staff, who was always there for us, and the staff of HPOG, who were heaven sent, stood beside me, gave me help, and cheered me on throughout my whole journey.
You all are a blessing from God.