VOATX Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG)
Caiyi is a Chinese immigrant who struggled with finding employment due to the language barrier.
When: Enrolled: 2020; Employed: 2021
A friend told her about the VOATX Health Profession Opportunity Grant (HPOG) Visit disclaimer page program in Summer 2020 and she was accepted later that Fall. Caiyi completed her registered nursing (RN) training in May 2021 and passed her certification exam. She accepted a job offer right after graduation and is currently employed.
Why: Achieve her Dreams
Caiyi always dreamed of coming to the U.S. to become a nurse but found herself struggling to fit in. She was rejected from many employers due to the communication hurdle. This took a toll on her confidence, but HPOG helped her advocate for herself to increase her English vocabulary.
Where: Houston, TX
She completed her coursework at Houston Community College in Houston, TX. She obtained employment at St. Joseph Hospital.
What: Registered Nurse
Caiyi took part in ESL peer tutoring, oral communication classes, and study skills workshops to help her limited English language capacity. She received additional supportive services such as academic support, transportation assistance, financial coaching, and career coaching. She is working full-time as a RN earning $22 per hour with full benefits.
“Too many people told me what I could do or what I couldn’t be. I heard it so much that I started believing it, so I lived my life being afraid to speak up. When I came to VOATX, I learned many things about myself. I could follow my dreams and accomplish anything I worked hard at. The HPOG program helped me to reach my goals and taught me how to believe in myself.” — Caiyi
This Success Story was self-identified by the grantee and information contained in this document was provided by the grantee.