Training and Education Offers Self–Sufficiency
by Michele Walby
Hillary Catalfio was enrolled with the Partnership, Accountability, Training, Hope (PATH) program in June of 2017. A stay-at-home mom for several years, Hillary needed a job when her husband’s medical condition prevented him from returning to work. To provide for her family, Hillary took a job as a cashier, but quickly found that wages from that job would not be enough for her family. She elected at that time to return to school to earn a certification that would allow her to earn a livable wage.
Hillary enrolled at Baker College and began with the benefit of a Pell grant. When she needed additional financial support to continue her education, Hillary spoke with her PATH Case Manager to see what options were available. The Case Manager provided assistance with navigating the financial aid process and qualifying for PATH tuition assistance to complete the training.
Hillary stated, “If it was not for the staff at PATH Roseville, I would have given up. The process for enrolling and arranging tuition reimbursement was so complicated that I never would have been able to do it without them.”
After completing the pre-requisites, she began the very demanding Vascular Ultrasound program. She tackled a weekly schedule of 12 hours of classroom, 32 hours of clinical internships and another 6-10 hours of homework. This was in addition to caring for her three children and her husband, recovering from surgery.
Hillary credits PATH staff with helping her with time management and keep-ing her stress contained. She said, “The Roseville PATH staff consistently provided me with confidence and encouragement that I needed to continue the training program despite all of the obstacles and stressors it was causing me.”
While participating in an internship at St. John Hospital in Detroit, her supervisor consistently provided Hillary with glowing reviews. Following the intern-ship, Hillary was hired by Ascension Health as a Sonographer at St. John Hospital. The starting rate of $33 per hour offered the wages she needed to support a family of five.