Job Training: Forging a New Career

Katie received the job training she needed through TAP’s CareerForge Adult Education and Employment Program.

When the pandemic hit, Katie found herself unemployed after losing her job as a preschool teacher. She searched for new positions but had no luck. “I didn’t have a plan,” she says. “I moved to the area because I got this job.”

Then, Katie discovered our Certified Nurse Aide (CNA) training program in partnership with Dabney S. Lancaster. “At that point, neither my husband or myself were working, so I was looking forward to … any kind of benefits,” she recalls.

Katie explained that she had never imagined going back to school. She said, “I realized that this could be a bigger, better opportunity, and it could open up so many more doors.” After enrolling in the CNA course, Katie succeeded in taking on the phlebotomy course as well.

More Than Just Job Training

In addition to the hands-on training provided by these courses, Katie received the tools necessary to craft her resume and succeed in job interviews. She says, “especially if you’re not familiar with the medical field, [the programs] help you prepare.”

Passing the certification boards for both the CNA and phlebotomy programs were rewarding achievements for Katie. However, she says the most rewarding experience has been working with patients at the nursing home where she completed her clinicals.

A Bright Future

Katie has a bright future ahead of her. She says, “my big goal is to enroll in nursing school,” which would take place next fall. In fact, Katie knows that she will stand out in nursing school due to the experience she has gained in studying phlebotomy. In the meantime, Katie’s goal is to utilize her CNA certification by working in home health. Katie’s advice for others who would like to pursue these programs at TAP? “Don’t let fear hold you back. If you put your mind to it then you’re going to succeed.”