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Samuel was laid off due to the COVID-19 pandemic and his unemployment benefits were coming to an end. He applied to the CareerAdvance Healthcare Job Training Program Visit disclaimer page and was accepted in January 2021. Samuel enrolled in certified nursing assistant (CNA) training and received his certification in March 2021. He started employment the same month. His ultimate goal is to become a licensed practical nurse (LPN).

Sarah is a single mother of two children who started her career in healthcare at age 19 to support her young family. She earned her Medical Assistant certification in late 2016 outside of HPOG and began working soon after. Sarah wanted to further her training as a licensed practical nurse (LPN) so she enrolled in the Kansas Health Profession Opportunity Project (KHPOP) Visit disclaimer page in April 2019. She completed training and received her LPN license in December 2020.

Stephanie spent four years working as a traveling phlebotomist. Her mother provided childcare for Stephanie’s four children while she worked to provide for her family. When her mother became ill, Stephanie had to leave her job. Family illness and unemployment were not the first obstacles she encountered; she was also a domestic violence survivor. Stephanie visited her local One-Stop and saw a flyer for Project HOPE: Healthcare Occupations Preparation for Employment Visit disclaimer page . She was interested in returning to school but had exhausted available financial aid during her Phlebotomy degree. Stephanie knew she had an open door in front of her and decided to walk through it. She called the number on the flyer and applied for Project HOPE assistance.

As a single father, Julio struggled for many years to provide for his children. He worked whatever jobs he could find, from cashier to cook to bike messenger, but wanted more. Julio received assistance from the New York Human Resources Administration. During a visit, he learned about the Allied Health Career Pipeline Program Visit disclaimer page offered through Hostos Community College. They offer free healthcare training and career services to help eligible students obtain employment in the healthcare professions. Julio immediately registered for the program and began Certified Nursing Assistant training in January of 2020.

After Jodi’s life took a turn for the worst, she found her path to redemption through the Innovations in Creating Access to Careers in Healthcare (I-CATCH) Visit disclaimer page program at Edmonds College.

A dead-end job with no discernible future led Rose to find a new career path courtesy of the Eastern Connecticut Workforce Investment Board’s Health Careers Advancement Project (Health CAP) Visit disclaimer page funded by the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) program.

Before he discovered the Health Professions Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Buffalo Visit disclaimer page program at Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Development Consortium, Inc., Jacob considered himself a typical example of the working class poor. He lived paycheck to paycheck, working dead-end jobs with no direction. At the end of the day, he barely made enough money to support himself. While he received Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) benefits, he made too much to qualify for food stamps. Times were difficult for Jacob and he desperately wanted to make a change in his life.

During an appointment at the Women, Infants, & Children office, Iris came across a flyer for San Jacinto College’s Health Career Pathways Partnership Visit disclaimer page (HCPP) and saw an opportunity to become a registered nurse. HCPP offered free healthcare tuition and support services to help her succeed in a new career.

Amy is no stranger to struggle. Over the past thirty years she fought a long, painful battle with alcoholism and dependency. She struggled with homelessness, battled cancer, and at her lowest point, was incarcerated for four years. Her life lacked stability, purpose and direction. Having lost everything at the age of 50, she needed to confront the harmful patterns in her life. “I had to break down every inch of my soul to find the strength to dig into the very roots of my self-destruction,” she recalls. She knew the road to recovery and self-realization would not be an easy one, but she was determined and excited to begin the journey.

Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Veasia could no longer afford to live in her neighborhood due to gentrification. She was serving in the US Army as a diesel mechanic and had just gone through a divorce. She moved to Albany, NY to serve as a caregiver for her sick grandmother. Shortly after the move, Veasia was scheduled to deploy to Iraq when she found out she was pregnant with triplets Veasia did not know how she would be able to raise three children without the help of her now ex-husband.