WATCH worksWork Attributes Toward Careers in HealthFor participants of CSIU WATCH Project FALL 2012My Story: Persistence pays off!“I am a single mom with a 7-year-old daughter met Sue Rosinski. Sue really worked with me.named Talara and have been a CNA for I went faithfully three days a week, and did allfour years. When I was introduced to the the homework Sue gave me. I was also ableWATCH Project, I was struggling with money to bring my daughter to the Family Literacyand wanted to provide a better life for my program during the summer. They were verydaughter. Since I was young, my grandma good with her and she loved it there.inspired me to be a nurse, and I “After a few months of instruction, Inever wanted to do anything else. “The WATCH Project retook the TABE test and placed at aI also always wanted to go back to helped me pursue 12th grade level. I was excited that Ischool, but could never afford it. did much better, and Sue was, too. I my dream of“One day, during a conversation with couldn’t have done it without her help.a family member, she mentioned the becoming an LPN.” “After passing the TABE test, I wasWATCH Project and explained how officially enrolled in the WATCHit provided support for people to go Project, and applied to the Central Susquehanna LPNback to school for nursing. I was so excited when she Career Center in Lewisburg. I took the entrance examtold me about it, I called the next day. for the program, but did not score enough points to be“The person I first talked to at the WATCH Project accepted.was very nice and answered all my questions. I then “I was devastated again, and the first person I calledmet with my career coordinator, Gaye, who told me was Gaye. She reassured me that it would be okaythat I had to take the TABE test. When I took it, I and suggested that I apply to Pennsylvania College ofwas very nervous because it was nothing like I had Technology in Williamsport and take a few classes. Iexpected. I got my results, and found I placed at an took the placement test and the only thing I struggled8th grade level, but needed to place at least at an 11th with was math, but overall did pretty well. I enrolled asgrade level to get WATCH Project support in an LPN a part-time student and took three pre-nursing classes,program. three times a week. continued on page 2“At the time, I was very upset that I didn’t do better,but I knew I was out of my norm because I had been in this issueout of school for 11 years. So I talked to Gaye whosuggested I enroll in the CSIU’s adult education FAFSA reminders.....................................2classes to study and to raise my test scores. I went Congratulations, graduates!................3to the CSIU’s Adult and Family Learning Center and Regional dental care services. ............4 .
FAFSA remindersGetting ready to apply for financial aid for the 2013-14 school year? Here are a few things for you to keep in mind. • Remember that you can • First-time filers should complete the apply online for free Pennsylvania State Grant Form (for PHEAA) through the US Department directly from the online FAFSA confirmation of Education at www.fafsa. page. Look for the link that reads “Optional ed.gov. Be sure to save Feature—Start your state application—Click your Personal Identification here if you want to apply for Pennsylvania state- Number (PIN)! based financial aid.”• To make completing the web application • FAFSA deadlines are set by federal and state easier, file your 2012 Income Tax forms first agencies, as well as individual school financial and then use the online IRS Data Retrieval aid offices, and vary widely. Contact the Tool to complete your FAFSA. financial aid office of your school to learn when your 2013-14 FAFSA application is due.• Print off and review the FAFSA worksheet before completing the application. • To see the deadlines for PHEAA state grant applications, visit www.pheaa.org.My Story: continued“Before I started classes, I worked third shift and the good times and the bad to never give up and toknew I couldn’t work all night and go to school all day. keep on going no matter how many times I failed atSo I looked for another job that would be flexible with something. The WATCH Project and Gaye, my careermy school schedule. I was hired at Kramm Nursing coordinator, have helped me pursue my dream ofHome in Milton, and was still able to spend time with becoming an LPN.my daughter. “Every day that I go to school I think of my daughter,“While at Penn College, the WATCH Project offered and know that no matter how hard things can be, inmultiple support services, and I completed the the long run, it is all worth it. To have my daughtersemester with a 3.1 GPA earning two B’s and an A. be proud of me the way she is now is wonderful. And I’m teaching her no matter how bad things seem,“I applied again at the LPN Center, studied hard and they can always get better if you believe in yourself,passed the entrance exam. I was accepted into the are willing to work hard, and have a program like thepart-time program that begins in January 2013. I WATCH Project to help you.”chose the part-time program so that I can continue towork at Kramm’s. I will be working toward my dream By Amy Dieffenbach, Watsontownand will still be able to support my daughter and Pennsylvania College of Technologymyself. Amy will begin classes at the Central Susquehanna“While it may mean sacrifice for awhile, I know LPN Career Center in January 2013.in the long run that this is the best thing for mydaughter and me. I have worked really hard throughWATCH works 2
Congratulations to recent graduates!Corey Bohner Maddy Winner (South Elizabeth Harvey and Pictured are graduates of Mifflin-Juniata Career(Shamokin Dam) Williamsport), Rolando Calderon, LaShawnta Nowlin and Technology Center’s LPN program:and Heidi Pursel (Montgomery) and Alicia (both of Williamsport) (from L to R): Melinda Hosler (Lewistown), Johnna-(Bloomsburg) Knittle (Hughesville) graduated graduated from Kay Bilger-Hoar (Lewistown), Ashley Korinchakgraduated from from Pennsylvania College of HACC’s CNA program. (Reedsville) and Angela Wagner (Belleville).HACC’s CNA program. Technology’s LPN program.Nicole Meter Pictured are Dipak Sahoo Brittany Fida (Lock Haven), Jennifer Nicole McEntire Jody Boyer(Pleasant Gap) (Boalsburg) and Shannon Carson (Renovo) and Wesley Strouse (Williamsport) and (Middleburg)graduated from Druckemiller (McClure) who (Lock Haven) graduated from Susque- Candace Basey (Lock graduated fromCentral PA Institute graduated from Lewistown View Home’s CNA program. Haven) graduated HACC’s CNAof Science andTechnology’s CNA Hospital’s RN program. from HACC’s CNA program.program. program. Congratulations to the following WATCH Project participants (not pictured) who recently graduated from nursing programs at several regional educational institutions. CENTRAL SUSQUEHANNA LPN Harrisburg Area Diamond Regan, Berwick CAREER CENTER Community College (HACC) Heather Reppert, Coal Township Licensed Practical Nursing Program Certified Nursing Assistant Program Bionca Styers, Williamsport Brenna Thompson, McClure Jamie Blackson, South Williamsport Sherri Abbatiello, Danville Jessica Usefof, Northumberland Liliya Borisov, Lewisburg Susan Allen, Williamsport Amy Walker, West Milton Stacy Daniels, Williamsport Morgan Colpetzer, Lock Haven Mary White, McClure Amanda Fern, Williamsport Michael Fitzwater, Williamsport Tria Jones, Lewisburg Nysheer Glenn, Williamsport NSB Trainers Ericka Kinney, Williamsport Ashley Harman, Williamsport Certified Nursing Assistant Program Paula Merwin, Montandon Kristin Harris, Burnham Jamie Smith, Shamokin Amanda Heffner, Williamsport Amber Travelpiece, Berwick Mary Spotts, Mifflinburg Tabitha Ingram, Milton Pennsylvania college of Sheena Vincent, Sunbury Roxie Mannino, Reedsville technology Kimberly McQuillen, Williamsport Licensed Practical Nursing Program Tiffany Minnich, Berwick Ollya Reed, Berwick Janice Rupert, Lock Haven WATCH works 3
Regional dental care services available Below is a list of providers who offer free or reduced-fee dental care to qualified individuals. Please contact the provider prior to making an appointment to discuss services and payment options. Lycoming County Mifflin and Snyder Counties Susquehanna Community Health & Mifflin-Juniata Dental Clinic Dental Center 31 S. Dorcas St, Compass Bldg., Suite E, Lewistown 469-471 Hepburn St, Williamsport (717) 447-1898 (570) 567-5430 serving All PA Counties Northumberland, Union and HACC Dental Hygiene Clinic Snyder Counties Select Medical Health Education Pavilion, Susquehanna River Valley Dental Health Clinic Room 102, HACC Harrisburg Campus (717) 780-2441 335 Market St, Suite 1, Sunbury (570) 286-7500 This document was supported by Grant #90FX0011 from the Columbia and Montour Counties Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS). Its contents are solely the responsibility The Dental Health Clinic of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of 107 South Market St, Berwick HHS. Work Attributes Toward Careers in Health (570) 752-8753 (WATCH) is a Health Profession Opportunity Grant and is administered by the Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU).WATCH works 4 Milton, PA 17847 90 Lawton Lane WATCH Project