Career Specialist Jo Dene Kern reports on her customer. “Aubree came to Man-Tra-Con for assistance in August 2020. After dropping out of high school, she had been working full-time as a waitress for a pizza restaurant. She had also been working as a volunteer for the GED Literacy Program at JALC, tutoring students. Aubree was enrolled in the GED program at John A. Logan College (JALC), but needed assistance with reaching her dream career goal—employment in healthcare,” Jo Dene explains.

“Aubree was a good student. It only took her 9 weeks to pass her exams  and receive her GED! She immediately jumped into the Healthcare Bridge Program at JALC, and her hard work paid off. Aubree received a scholarship for the Nursing Assistant Program at JALC. After completing the program, Aubree didn’t hesitate to schedule her state exam, and received her certification as a CNA on March 25, 2021,” Jo Dene adds.  

I suggested we complete a resume for her to apply to CNA positions, and utilize her certificate. Aubree agreed, applied, and interviewed at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital in Murphysboro, Illinois,” Jo Dene says.

St. Joseph Memorial Hospital offered her a job and asked when she could start. Aubree replied, ‘In 2 weeks…’ because she wanted to give the pizza restaurant a chance to hire another server. Aubree began employment as a CNA at St. Joseph’s Hospital in July 2020, earning $10.00 per hour,” Jo Dene reports.   

“When I came to Man-Tra-Con Corporation for help, I needed assistance in completing my GED, and gaining any education towards working as a CNA. My dream was to get my High School Equivalency Certificate, then enroll in the JALC Nursing Assistant Program, complete a resume and find a job. I was fortunate to have the opportunity with supportive services, for attendance and mileage; then enrolled in the Healthcare Bridge Program to explore healthcare careers. I received a scholarship for the CNA program at JALC, and was appreciative of the mileage I continued to receive from Man-Tra-Con, until I received my certificate,” Aubree says.