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New Certified Nursing Assistant Vocational Training Graduate from Mexico

Filed in Employment Facilitation News by on February 13, 2016

Erika V. is a mother to five young children. Although she always wanted to work in the healthcare sector, it was difficult for her to continue her education after she dropped out of high school before the birth of her first child. She says, “Before learning about Nile Sisters, I always wanted to work in healthcare, but I did not have the resources to pursue that career path.”

Photo of Erika V., new Nile Sisters Initiative vocational training graduate

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Erika V.,
Resettling from Mexico

Erika was referred to Nile Sisters by a friend who was familiar with Nile Sisters Back to Back (B2B) skill development program. Through B2B, Nile Sisters works in partnership with local providers, including International Health Group, School of Nursing», to promote employment and asset-building opportunities for underserved women. Generous program investment by Women Give San Diego» allowed Nile Sisters to extend B2B employment pathways to non-refugee women in the San Diego region.

Previously, Erika and her family depended upon only her husband’s income. After passing both the didactic and practical experience portions of the California nursing assistant (CNA) exam, Erika greatly improved her employment outlook. She elaborates, “Now after completing the CNA program with Nile Sisters, I will be able to provide for my family as well as further my career in health care. I have already been offered two CNA jobs and one of them is paying $16 per hour. Now I can continue with my ultimate goal of becoming a registered nurse. I am very thankful to Nile Sisters for everything they have done for me.”

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