Less than a year ago, Nicole was working at a child care center living paycheck to paycheck. She was on the verge of losing her apartment, unable to pay bills, and struggling to provide for her two-year-old daughter, Journey. Nicole wanted a better career and a better life. She thought about working in health care for many years and even applied for jobs in doctors’ offices and hospitals, but lacked experience and formal training. She found herself questioning how she would ever find the time or money to get the skills she needed to move ahead.
Then a friend told her about Jeremiah’s Hope Academy (JHA), a program at St. Vincent’s Hospital made possible by funding from The Women’s Fund of Greater Birmingham. Nicole’s friend explained that JHA offers six different health care-related certifications, all of which could be completed in less than six months.