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Apollo makes difference

when times are tough

Single after 30 years of marriage, and close to retirement age, despite my best efforts, my future looked bleak. I had been looking for work but even with five certifications and an associate’s degree completed in 2012 I was unable to find enough work to cover my living expenses and bills. I felt hopeless and helpless.

The first part of March I heard about the State Tested Nursing Aide (STNA) program at Apollo Career Center. With the help of the Apollo staff I was able to get into the classes that started in mid-March. The classes were informative, well organized, and the lab had the equipment we needed for hands on learning. In mid-April I took my state test and passed.

That day I passed my state test I started job hunting as an STNA. The first place I applied hired me and I started working that very evening. My education and training through Apollo allowed me to start my new job with confidence. I had the knowledge and skills to do the job.

Apollo’s STNA program has made such a difference in my life. I am able to pay my bills and I have a career that has not only brightened my future but allows me to feel I am really making a difference in the lives of others. I really can’t say enough about how Apollo has impacted my life and I know I am not alone. I hope Apollo gets the levy it needs so it can expand its programs and continue to provide the kinds of quality education that get people jobs.

— Dawn Tucker, Lima

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