Upstate Partnership for Healthcare Pathways (UPHP)
Resilient veteran and single mother does not stop until she provides for her family
Originally from Brooklyn, NY, Veasia could no longer afford to live in her neighborhood due to gentrification. She was serving in the US Army as a diesel mechanic and had just gone through a divorce. She moved to Albany, NY to serve as a caregiver for her sick grandmother. Shortly after the move, Veasia was scheduled to deploy to Iraq when she found out she was pregnant with triplets Veasia did not know how she would be able to raise three children without the help of her now ex-husband.
Veasia left the Army with an honorable discharge. She had a difficult pregnancy and her doctor placed her on extended prenatal care at Albany Medical Center for 5 months. While she was there the hospital staff, especially the nurses, supported her. Veasia identified with and appreciated the nurses’ work and found her calling.
After her grandmother passed away, Veasia heard about the free training and supports offered by State University of New York Schenectady Community College’s Health Profession Opportunity Grant program, Upstate Partnership for Healthcare Pathways (UPHP) Visit disclaimer page . She started certified nursing assistant (CNA) training at SUNY Schenectady’s Albany training site. She completed the course in three months and got a job at the Albany County Nursing Home two weeks later.
Working during the day, going to school at night, all while taking care of three kids renewed Veasia’s passion for learning. With UPHP’s help, she started an electrocardiogram (EKG) Tech class. Next, she enrolled in a phlebotomy class and loved it. After receiving a high score on her phlebotomy national certification exam, she interviewed for a part time position with LabCorp. The interviewer was so impressed with Veasia he offered her a full-time position at one of their remote sites making $13.50 per hour. After working there only two weeks, Veasia became the remote site supervisor.
Looking back, Veasia is proud and somewhat surprised by how much she achieved thanks to her efforts and HPOG. The triplets are now 14 years old, the company she works for offers full benefits for her and her children, and she is thinking about college and nursing school. The future is bright. “I worked hard, and HPOG was there to make it all possible.”
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