Health Careers Advancement Project (Health CAP)
Giving Rose the chance to grow
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.
Rose was not happy with her career as a waitress. Running around the restaurant, depending on tips to make ends meet was not how she wanted to spend the rest of her life. It was stressful, and at times downright depressing. So, she decided to make a change.
Her first stop was the American Job Center in Waterbury, Connecticut. She knew that to find a promising job with a sustainable wage, she needed some training. She searched for assistance to help cover the cost of education. While researching her options, Rose discovered the HPOG program. Rose had previously been her ailing father’s caretaker, so the medical field appealed to her. The phlebotomy technician training seemed right up her alley. She made an appointment with a Career Navigator and attended an orientation session to learn more. Rose was selected by lottery and accepted into the program. For the first time in her life, she was excited about her future. She left her waitressing job to focus on her education.
Before beginning the phlebotomy technician course, Rose participated in a two-week HPOG Bootcamp program. The curriculum prepared her to return to an academic environment and helped her develop her interviewing skills. She was now ready to start her training.
Rose attended phlebotomy technician training at the Academy of Medical Training. Thanks to tuition, transportation, and job search assistance she received from the HPOG program and staff, she completed it with no issues. Rose now works as a Phlebotomist at Waterbury Hospital and is proud of her achievements.
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