In May 2005, Ms. Kabrea Rochelle Hutchen was four months pregnant when she enrolled in the Nursing Assistant program with the goal of having a better job before she gave birth to her son. Despite family members and friends suggesting that she wait until the baby was born, Ms. Hutchen was determined to complete the program and receive her certificate as a birthday present to her son. She achieved her goal and finished the program with a 97% average.
Ms. Hutchen was immediately accepted a job with the Niagara Falls Rehabilitation Center (NFRC), but was presented with yet another challenge. “In the beginning when the baby was born, I was hired to work a flex shift but because I was such a good employee they gave me a permanent day schedule. I realized that the time I spent in the lab taught me not only the skills I needed to become a nursing assistant but I learned how to present myself, work with others, and manage my time well.”
Ms. Hutchen has been working for the past year as a Certified Nursing Assistant with the Niagara Falls Rehabilitation Center. She and her son are enjoying life. She is looking forward to advancing in the healthcare field and is studying to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. “I got this far with him,” Ms. Hutchen says, “so we can take it to the next level.”