AOKY program provides pathway for Hall to become a CNA
Glenda Hall was desperately looking for an opportunity last year.
The Prestonsburg native was taking courses through Floyd County Adult Education at Big Sandy Community and Technical College’s (BSCTC) Prestonsburg campus when opportunity knocked.
And here’s the rest of the story.
Hall learned of the Accelerating Opportunity Kentucky (AOKY), which allows participants an accelerated pathway to employment and to a GED diploma. The student first approach gives participants the skills they need to succeed in school and compete in the workforce by working on technical and foundational education at the same time while also providing support services to participants through a success coach.
“I was working on my GED in hopes of getting into some training and finding a job,” said Hall. “With this, I found both.”
Hall, who is taking final courses to prepare for taking the GED test, completed the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) course earlier this year. She will take her state board examination on March 23.
The best part of Hall’s story is that once she completed her CNA training, she went to work as a CNA at Mountain Manor Nursing Home in Paintsville.
“This is exactly what I wanted to do,” said Hall. “I had been back and forth with getting my GED before, but this time it is different.”
The difference? The support that comes with the AOKY program.
“In the past, I had felt like I was alone,” said Hall. “I never felt alone. Sally [Porter] and Lindsey [Anderson] have been with me every step of the way and continue to be there for me.”
Lindsey Anderson is an instructor with Floyd County Adult Education. Sally Porter is the success coach for the AOKY program.
“This is what it is all about,” said Porter. “It’s about giving people the resources they need to make their dreams come true.”
Porter added that the support of the Eastern Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, Inc. (EKCEP) and Big Sandy Area Community Action Program is also beneficial to students. The organizations provide career counseling, resume workshops and help cover the cost of books and other expenditures.
Hall said her CNA instructor Beverly Moore, who also works as staff development and infection control coordinator, was “incredible and worked with us to make sure we were confident in our skills once we finished.”
“Glenda is an overachiever who works diligently to make sure she delivers the best care to her patients,” said Moore. “She’s dedicated to improving herself, and she is exactly what companies look for in a CNA.”
BSCTC offers AOKY programs in healthcare, electrical technology and industrial maintenance. For more information on the program, contact Sally Porter at (606) 218-1276 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.