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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Eastpoint Workforce Development Center

Meet Alexandra

Workforce Challenge

“I first met with 43-year-old Alexandra Bennett in July, 2010. She was working as a Quality Analyst and had been told she’d be laid off in December 2010. Ms. Bennett is not someone to sit around when bad news comes, and she was already taking a pre-requisite class in biology at FCC (Frederick Community College) on her own in anticipation of getting a surgical technician degree. Because this was a career change for her, we set up a plan for her to do the required career assessment and informational interview.

Months later, her decision changed; she decided to go for her dream to be a psychiatric nurse. I was happy to be part of her cheering squad and worked alongside her setting up training through the TRADE program. Alexandra was not only a friendly, organized, and motivated customer but a woman of deep compassion which I knew would be a blessing to those on a Psychiatric Ward. Though I recommended the RN program, Ms. Bennett felt more comfortable going through the LPN program first and was accepted into the program in April, 2011 after completing her pre-requisites. Finally, in July 2012, after hard work and long hours in Clinical, Ms. Bennett graduated the LPN program at FCC.

Workforce Solution

At this point, Ms. Bennett felt confident about taking the extra classes on her own to complete the RN program. While taking RN classes, she studied to take the NCLEX exam for her LPN license. She was able to do an internship at the Psych Unit at FMH (Frederick Memorial Hospital), further cementing her career decision. After more hard work, and good grades, Ms. Bennett walked across the stage at FCC on 5/23/2013 for her pinning ceremony. I can only imagine the pride and sense of achievement she felt after all her hard work. I felt her excitement and enthusiasm as I congratulated her.

Outcomes & Benefits

Her dream came true when she was hired by FMH for their Psychiatric Department as a psychiatric nurse. Wow! We both celebrated with joy and a big hug. She started on 9/9/2013 with 36 hours per week at $25.22/hour.

Ms. Bennett showed that dreams do come true with hard work and perseverance. I’m thankful to have worked with such an inspiring woman. Go for your dreams!”

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