PATH Offers New Direction

Clinton Township Career Center

“My name is Kayla Hausam and I am writing to share my successful experience with the PATH program at Michigan Works! Over a year ago, I moved to Michigan with my two young children. I had no job and really no direction to my life. I was referred to Michigan Works! and wasn’t quite sure what to expect. I went through orientation and sat in job readiness classes. I took the TABE placement test and scored relatively high on it. My case worker asked me if I’d be interested in considering going back to school so that I may graduate and get started on a career. I agreed and looked over the list of programs that were available to me. I saw medical assistant and decided to go for it. I ended up completing Carnegie Institute’s medical assisting program with honors and was able to secure employment with my externship site. I work in a pediatric office as a medical assistant and I love my job!

Sounds pretty simple, right? Well there was nothing easy about it. This is where Michigan Works! went above and beyond anything I could have imagined. From helping me get my kids into daycare to sitting with me and encouraging me when my days were rough and everything in between. Michigan Works was there and was a shoulder for me to lean on in this past year.

Behind the first door I opened when I first moved here was the door that led me to Michigan Works! and my journey is not over. I am grateful to the different people who have helped me along the way. I am a better person, a better mom, and most important a lifelong dream was accomplished, and I am a better role model for my kids than I was a year ago. Thank you, Michigan Works!”

PATH provided tuition assistance with required uniforms and supplies for the medical assistant training. Additional support for a car repair was also provided to enable Kayla to get to school. Upon graduating with honors in December of 2016, Kayla was hired at a starting wager of $13 per hour.

Submitted by Jessica Barnes