HPOG Success Story: Paulette at The WorkPlace, Inc.

Publication Date: January 5, 2018

Paulette smiling

Bridgeport, CT

Health CareerRx Academy

Your calling is not always something you find; sometimes it has to be something you create.

Paulette Bush went through most of her life wondering just what her calling was. With the help of the Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG) program, she was able to create a career from a desire to experience something more out of life.

Paulette’s journey began when she realized she needed to reassess where she was in life. She transitioned from accounting to the healthcare industry. She worked for 17 years as a homemaker and companion services provider. Along the way, she built strong relationships and a stronger sense of what she wanted out of her career and life.

During one of her client’s blood drawing appointments, Paulette realized she could do what the phlebotomist was doing. So she decided to go back to school. She completed a medical assistant program at a technical school, but she wanted more. Paulette found her way to the WorkPlace’s Health CareeRx Academy, a partnership of healthcare providers, educators, trainers, and community-based organizations in Southwestern Connecticut. The Academy provides free training to low-income and unemployed residents for careers in the healthcare field.

When Paulette started her training with the Academy, she faced a number of obstacles. Thanks to the Health CareeRx Academy’s supportive services, the Academy was able to help with support that went beyond books and tuition. Paulette received life coaching classes, workforce preparation training, and also material support for free uniforms and gas cards. Paulette settled in and began classes in phlebotomy and electrocardiography. After 12 weeks, she was able to obtain her certificate as a clinical cardiographic and phlebotomy technician.

As a result of her success with the Health CareerRx Academy, Paulette is working to obtain a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) license, which will be another big step toward her ultimate goal to become a Medical Assistant.

Paulette’s journey has taught her that success doesn’t happen all at once, but is made up of many steps on a journey.


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