Nancy was working on prerequisites for HCC’s nursing degree program while taking care of her father who had multiple diseases. As time went on, the need to serve as his primary caregiver became more vital, so she put her plans to pursue a nursing degree on hold.
Shortly after losing her father, Nancy ran into a former HCC professor who encouraged Nancy to return to HCC so that she could pursue her passion for helping others. The conversation inspired Nancy to attend a Health Professions Academic Resource Fair at HCC, where she discovered that our certified nursing assistant (CNA) and patient care technician (PCT) training offers immediate employment opportunities. One way is through a partnership with the Johns Hopkins Hospital SOARING program. Through the partnership, HCC’s CNA and PCT students can work in highly challenging units at Johns Hopkins Hospital including the surgical intensive care unit, medical intensive care unit, surgical transplant, and others through a 10-week paid mentoring position. Once the mentorship opportunity is complete, students are required to work an additional year within the unit they were trained in.
After completing both CNA and PCT courses, Nancy was offered two positions, one at a nearby hospital and another at Johns Hopkins Hospital through the SOARING program. Now, Nancy is enjoying her role in a special care unit.
“I’m thankful for HCC because you can truly get there from here. There’s so much opportunity and so many avenues you can explore,” she says.