Student Success Story
Submitted By: Colton/Redlands/Yucaipa ROP
Foster Student Graduates and Becomes CNA
Fernando grew up in a bad home environment. The physical and verbal abuse ended when one of his siblings finally had enough and told Child Protective Services. Fernando and his siblings were put into separate homes through the foster system. During his intake interview, Fernando explained, “I never had a real house to call my own and I was separated from my siblings, and somehow I managed to graduate from high school.”
Operation MONEY,the WIA Program at Colton Redlands Yucaipa ROP, prepares youth between the ages of 17 and 21 for employment and post-secondary educational opportunities by linking academic, occupational and work-based learning. This program is designed for economically disadvantaged young adults who face additional barriers to training and employment - including high school drop out, homeless, former foster care, youth with disabilities, pregnant/parenting and court-involved youth. Fernando heard about Operation MONEY from a friend that was in the program the previous year.
After joining Operation MONEY, Fernando enrolled in the nursing class at Colton Redlands Yucaipa ROP. WIA funding paid for training, books, scrubs, work experience and transportation. In Fernando's words, “I could never have saved enough money to pay for the class myself. While I was in the class I struggled with transportation and Operation MONEY helped with that, too. The week after earning my CNA license, I got a full-time CNA job close to where I live. They helped me buy scrubs when I first started working. I love my job and don’t know if I could have done this without them.”