SHINE Featured Student:
Aiman “Andy” Al-ozeri
Massanutten Technical Center
Staunton-Augusta Adult Learning Center
PIVA Success Story
Aiman Al-Ozeri, better known as Andy, came to America in March of 2015. In Yemen, he watched his family suffer from faulty medical care, which triggered Andy’s desire to learn proper healthcare. Here is his story of determination and success.
When I arrived in the United States, I had no transportation, no knowledge of resources, and no friends. I felt hopeless as if I could not do anything. I was focused on surviving and expected to live at the lowest level. Luckily, I had a sponsor who helped me enroll for English classes at the Staunton-Augusta Adult Learning Center. A simple conversation with the office manager at the Adult Learning Center led to a referral to the PluggedInVA.
I was accepted into the C.N.A/MedAide cohort through Massanutten Technical Center. Though I still go to classes for my English, I was able to work with the teachers and I earned my C.N.A. I attended job readiness classes to help me learn how to get a job in this country. Through my contacts during my class clinicals and with references from both of my teachers, I was hired as a C.N.A.
I am currently taking English classes at Staunton-Augusta Adult Learning Center, as well as working on my GED. This spring I am scheduled to take my state board exam for medication aide. Once I earn my GED, I plan to pursue my L.P.N at Massanutten Technical Center. Eventually, I may become a registered nurse.
I have achieved more goals that I could have imagined. The Staunton-Augusta Adult Learning Center, Massanutten Technical Center, PluggedInVA and my sponsor helped me create a new life. These programs were a place to start over- a place where dreams come true.
Update on Andy... Andy reported that he earned his GED and is currently enrolled in college!