Kimberly White is a single mother of three boys who now dedicates her life to accomplishing the things that once seemed unattainable.
After her 10th grade year in high school she dropped out due to the “lack of help and support [she] needed” to be successful. The spiraling continued when she found herself in an abusive relationship and what seemed like no light at the end of a very dark tunnel.
Fast forward and she got her first job at Little Caesar’s Pizza which allowed her to feel a tinge of empowerment, giving her the courage to escape the abuse and find an organization to help her pursue her high school equivalency (HSE).
This was the first encounter Kimberly had with Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center (MRNC). She enrolled in the HSE program and met Merindy Carpenter, a teacher contracted through Washington Township and works on-site at MRNC. Merindy helped provide Kimberly with the skills needed to take her HSE exam, and as of June 4th, 2019, Kimberly now holds her HSE Diploma. MRNC paid for her testing and cap and gown so that she was able to walk at graduation at Northview Highschool; something she had previously missed out on.
Prior to Kimberly successfully completing the HSE Program at MRNC, she had the thought that she would attend IVY Tech to attain her nursing degree but saw money as a barrier. She was then connected via Merindy to her Employment Coach, Meaghan Owens, BSW who informed Kimberly about the Bridges to Career Opportunities Program (BCO). Through this program, Kimberly found a desire to attain her Certified Nursing Assistant Certification (CNA) to begin herself in the healthcare career field.
CNA classes began February 25th, 2019 at MRNC, and Kimberly completed all necessary steps to enroll. She compiled all required documentation for her file, completed her Bridge Application, attended a three-day long Job Readiness Course hosted at MRNC, and passed her TABE test to show proficiency in math and reading.
Class time lasted a full week from 8:00am to 4:00pm and her clinicals lasted two weeks after that at American Village Senior Care Facility where she had to complete 75.5 hours of hands-on training. She managed her time effectively and was able to continue being successful in HSE class while also devoting time and attention to attaining her CNA certification.
The same day of her HSE graduation on June 4th, 2019, Kimberly arrived early at MRNC along with fellow classmates, to take her state board exam for CNA. She first completed a multiple-choice section and then performed her hands-on exam. She will find out in the coming weeks how her performance was evaluated and will, hopefully, receive her state-recognized certification.
With continual help and support, something Kimberly was rarely afforded in her younger years, she has attained her HSE Diploma and successfully complete her vocational training through BCO to bridge her one step closer to her CNA certification.
Thanks to programs like BCO, stories like Kimberly’s happen every day. The continual support and funding ensures Mary Rigg Neighborhood Center can continue being a leader in empowering adult education and job training programs in Indianapolis.
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