Let Your Faith Outweigh Your Fear

Warren Career Center
by Amy LeDee

Nicole Broadnax had experience working as a medical assistant but lost the position when the doctor she worked for retired. Lacking a specific credential in the field, she needed a job and was open to all opportunities.

Nicole landed a position with General Motors at the Hamtramck plant. She worked there for a little over a year before she was laid off and was again without work.

This layoff provided her and other workers from the plant with Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) benefits. With the training benefit available with TAA eligibility, Nicole decided to go back to her roots and get certified as a Patient Care Technician. She enrolled with Dorsey Schools and received 100% of tuition funding through TAA plus the required uniforms and supplies.

Nicole completed the training in November of 2018 and passed the National Healthcareer Association certification exam for Patient Care Technician/Assistant in the same month.

With a new credential, Nicole started the new year with a new job at Ascension St. John Macomb Hospital as a Patient Care Technician.

She is doing so well there, that the nurses have encouraged her to start classes at Macomb Community College to become a Registered Nurse. Having the opportunity for tuition reimbursement from her employer, Nicole plans to take the next step on the career pathway and begin courses this summer.

Nicole said through all of this, she has let her faith outweigh her fears. That is what allowed her to achieve her goal.