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Maria Pajares was a licensed nurse in her native Peru but had been working as a cashier at a local pharmacy at near minimum wage with no healthcare benefits since arriving in New York City. With a goal of improving her language skills, she enrolled first in CIET’s English and Civics program then in its Bridge to Allied Health course, which integrates contextualized ESOL lessons with medical terminology to prepare students for future training opportunities. After becoming a member of the NYC Welcome Back Center, she validated her nursing degree in New York State and was referred to a partner organization, The Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty, for an NCLEX RN course, which integrated contextualized ESOL lessons with test preparation for the RN licensing examination. Maria successfully passed her re-credentialing exam and was immediately hired by her internship site at as a full-time Diabetes Nurse Educator, earning over 450% more than when she began at CIET.
"I am very thankful to the Center for Immigrant Education and Training for helping me improve my English dramatically. The connections made here at LaGuardia helped me grow professionally and learn what I needed to do to work in the United States. If it weren't for these programs, I never would have learned about the NYC Welcome Back Center which opened the door for me to re-enter the nursing career that I am so passionate about." –Maria Pajares, NYC
Juliana Andrade da Silva was a licensed nurse in her native Brazil but had been working as a supermarket cashier at near minimum wage with no benefits since arriving in New York City. With the goals of improving her language skills and re-entering the healthcare field, she enrolled in the Center for Immigrant Education and Training's I-Best Medical Office and Clinical Technician (MOCT) program, which integrates contextualized ESOL lessons with workforce training in medical terminology, phlebotomy and EKG. At the end of the course, Juliana earned national certifications as a Phlebotomist and EKG Technician and was immediately hired by her internship site as a full-time Medical Assistant. Six months later, she was promoted, thus earning 80% more than when she began studying at CIET. Juliana is currently enrolled in the NYC Welcome Back Center where she is validating her medical degree from Brazil and applying for licensure as a Registered Nurse in New York State.