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Congolese Refugee Earns Nursing Assistant Credentials

Filed in Employment Facilitation News by on April 26, 2017

Photo of new certified nursing assistant graduate

Aminata D. and her family are originally from Congo. Due to instability in Congo, the family sought refuge in Uganda, where they lived for five years, adjusting to a new environment and learning a different language.

In 2015, the family was resettled in San Diego. Then 26, Aminata worked in a restaurant to support her family. After a friend told Aminata about NSDI (Nile Sisters Development Initiative) asset-building programs, she enrolled in the CNA (certified nursing assistant) program. She successfully completed the 22-day program, passed the California Department of Public Health exams, and earned her CNA credentials.

Aminata believes that becoming a CNA is the first step toward her long-term goal of becoming a nurse. Aminata enthusiastically encourages others to pursue the program, including her sister, also a new CNA trainee.

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