“To all NTSOC Instructors, 

It has been a pleasure, and I am very thankful for all your efforts and assistance. I am a graduate of the CNA class and would like to share my story. 

One day I found myself homeless, out in the cold in Colorado Springs. It made me examine myself. I knew I needed a change. I could’ve gone back home to South Dakota where I have plenty of friends that would give me a warm bed and a bit to eat, but the thought of running into my ex-husband frightened me, so I decided to stay here. I sought the life before I met my ex and tried to seek help in S.D., but there’s nothing available. I then thought of becoming a Nurse Aide and found out that Pikes Peak Workforce Center would help me and they told me about a scholarship that I could apply for so I did and I got approved! I then enrolled at NTSOC. It was a struggle to care for my body and get through 7 to 10 chapters a day, but the instructors were understanding and gave me a lot of help. They let me come early and sit in the breakroom so I could study. I didn’t get special treatment, but they are very encouraging and approachable.  

My efforts finally paid off, during the last day of our clinical at Pikes Peak Care Center, a nurse pulled me aside and asked me to apply at the facility, so I did and got the job immediately after my graduation. I passed my State Exam and became certified. I got Medical assistance and started procedures to fix my teeth. With the job I have now as a CNA, my food stamps and medical aid will end this month. I can afford to rent an apartment, and I am no longer homeless. I have a good job, a place to live, and I am ready to take on the world! 

Please note: I give most of the credit to God without my spiritual life I am nothing. NTSOC and Pikes Peak Workforce are the stepping stores, and they tremendously changed my life.”