HPOG Success Story: Iris at San Jacinto College

Publication Date: June 1, 2021

Pasadena, TX

Health Career Pathways Partnership

Young mother of four works toward her goal to become a registered nurse

Iris’ parents moved to the Houston area from Monterey, Mexico shortly before her birth. She is the first person in her family to be born in the United States and the oldest of three siblings. While her father graduated from high school, her mother quit school at 13 to help her family.

During her senior year of high school, Iris had a baby. Through perseverance and the help of her family, she graduated in 2004. Following her parents’ example, and strong work ethic, Iris immediately found employment at Walgreens as a pharmacy technician. During her tenure at Walgreens, she had her second child. Iris knew she needed a higher salary to care for herself and her young children. As her family grew, Iris’ options for work with flexible hours diminished. By 2019, Iris was working part time at a local gym; she knew it was time to dedicate herself to advancing her career.

During an appointment at the Women, Infants, & Children office, she 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. Iris quickly completed all of the eligibility documents and was overjoyed upon being selected to participate. She hit the ground running, starting a certified nursing assistant (CNA) course, a nursing program prerequisite.

In the span of six months, Iris successfully completed CNA training and passed the state certification exam. She got a job at Baywood Crossing Rehabilitation as a certified nurse aid earning $11.00 per hour and earned a brand-new laptop from HCPP. Iris says, “The laptop has been very helpful and helped me turn in my assignments on time”. She is looking forward to taking phlebotomy and electrocardiogram certification courses next as she tackles the nursing program requirements.

Iris is the first one in her family to attend college in any capacity and is grateful for the HCPP program for the assistance. Iris is well on her way to meeting and exceeding her goals.

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