Raylene used to work as a driver for Tribal Public Health, transporting patients to and from their daily dialysis treatments across Towaoc, CO. She knew she wanted to do more for the community, so she applied to Ute Mountain Ute Tribe’s HPOG program, the Health-Care UTE Project Visit disclaimer page (H-CUTE).
In 2016, Raylene enrolled in H-CUTE at the Ute Mountain Learning Center. Despite her nervousness, she was excited to learn new skills, gain confidence, and further her education. H-CUTE provided her with supportive services including tuition assistance, books, and scrubs for training. With support from her children and partner, Raylene graduated as a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) in 2017.
Now, Raylene is a supervisor at the Ute Mountain Ute Tribe’s Community Health Department. She plans on furthering her education to reach her next goal of becoming a Registered Nurse.
“I was relieved and excited after achieving my certification. It wasn’t easy to balance work and class simultaneously, but it was what I needed to reach my career goals. I would definitely recommend people to apply for HPOG. There are so many career opportunities, not just within the Tribe but off the reservation too. There’s so much support to see you succeed. Stick with it. It’s worth it in the end.”