Following Career Pathway Increases Earnings

Warren Career Center

For two years, Sha-Juana worked as a courtesy clerk at Kroger earning minimum wage of $7.25 per hour. Upon graduating from South Lake High School in June of 2015, she realized she was ready for a new journey. Her goal was to make great money while doing what she loved. After a few months of research, she made the decision to pursue a career in the medical field. In August 2015, she began employment as a caregiver at Developmental Essentials Services with wages of $9.00 per hour.

While Sha-Juana enjoyed working as a caregiver, she realized that if she was a Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) there was the potential for higher wages. When she learned that CNA training was a short-term program, she decided to enroll with Career Health Studies. In November 2015, Sha-Juana completed the self-funded training and by January 2106, she passed the state licensing requirements.

By February, Sha-Juana was working as a CNA earning $13.68 per hour at Shore Pointe Nursing Center. She also continued with her job as a caregiver.

In the meantime, having found her passion in the nursing field, Sha-Juana reached out to Michigan Works! for assistance with the next step on her career pathway. She wanted to become a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) and enrolled with the Michigan Works! Young Professionals. With a PELL grant and Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) training funds, Sha-Juana entered the yearlong LPN training at Dorsey Schools.

In May of 2017, Sha-Juana earned the Michigan nursing license and within the same month was hired as an LPN earning $24.00 per hour.

Two years ago, Sha-Juana was fresh out of high school, earning minimum wage and unsure of her future. Now, at just twenty years old, Sha-Juana has established a nursing career. Recently, Sha-Juana took a new full-time LPN position with Shelby Nursing Center and increased her wages to $28.50 per hour.

Submitted by Alena Ayar