Celest came to Unitech Training Academy looking and hoping for big changes. She and her autistic son were living in a homeless shelter in Lake Charles Louisiana. They had no home, no car, and depended on government assistance for basic necessities. She knew something had to change and that she had to step up to the plate and prove to herself and her son that she could take care of them both.
She enrolled in the EKG/Phlebotomy day program. She attended class Monday through Thursday from 8 am to 1 pm. Celeste not only managed to attend school daily but she took on two jobs to make ends meet. There were days where she felt like going on was impossible. That’s when her instructor would encourage and push her to keep moving forward. Celest credits her instructor for a lot of her success to this day.
In the Kentucky Appalachians, there are two special kinds of people who hold an almost revered status in the community: coal miners and veterans. Zelma Watson, a registered nurse and home health clinical manager for Pikeville Medical Center, is entrusted with the care of these special hometown heroes through programs administered by the United Mine Workers of America and the Department of Veterans Affairs. With 48 employees under her charge, Zelma shoulders a great deal of professional responsibility to go along with her other full-time job as a mom.
“I always wanted to continue my education and obtain my BSN,” Zelma said. “It just seemed like every time I got ready to start it was a hassle.” She spoke of byzantine enrollment processes at other schools she investigated, adding to the challenges of juggling work and family responsibilities. Then a co-worker told her about American National University’s online RN-to-BSN program.
Making sure our students have the resources and support they need to succeed in their postsecondary education pursuits is an issue of paramount concern. Steve Gunderson, CECU president and CEO, and Joe Laskowski, managing partner and chief marketing officer at Higher Ed Growth, discussed this issue and how it relates to the future of success in higher education.
Employers Agree—Staff and Curriculum are what make the Program Thrive
Posted with permission from Pima Medical Institute
CHULA VISTA, Calif. (July 10, 2017) – Pima Medical Institute’s Radiography program at the Chula Vista, Calif., campus has experienced a lot of success over the past several years. Students and healthcare employers credit the program’s accomplishments to dedicated, knowledgeable faculty.
Since 2004, every graduating cohort has seen a 100 percent first-time pass rate for the American Registry of Radiologic Technologists’ licensing exam—that’s 20 consecutive cohorts or 413 graduates.