My Story: Tiarra Barrera

Tiarra is our 2016 Kenneth Shaw Graduate of the Year.

Six years ago, I was a single mother raising two young children while living in a low-income housing community. Determined to support my family, I enrolled in Goodwill’s Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training Program.

During the training program, Goodwill provided me with a $1,000 scholarship and tutorial assistance to help me succeed in the program. I also received supportive services from Goodwill, such as assistance with transportation and state testing fees. The training program gave me the inspiration I needed to embark on a new career that benefited me and my children.

While enrolled in the training program, I began taking pre-requisite courses for the registered nursing (RN) program at Long Beach City College. After graduating from the CNA program, I remained in school full-time to complete my RN prerequisite courses. My hard work paid off. I was eventually accepted into the College’s Associate Degree Nursing Program, which I graduated from two years later.

Once I passed the National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nursing, I began a two-year contract to work as an RN for St. Mary Medical Center.

With the help of Goodwill, I was able to persevere in my journey of becoming a nurse, all while taking care of my growing family.

1 comment on “My Story: Tiarra Barrera
  1. Congratulations, Tiarra! Your story is inspiring, and I’m so glad your hard work paid off. My mother was divorced during the last months of her RN program when I was a young girl. It was hard and scary, but she hung in there and had a great career in public health. I always knew she was doing it for my benefit, and for that I am eternally grateful, as I’m sure your children will be as well. Best of luck to you in the future.

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