How One Super Mom Balances Family, Work, and School
Dulce Trejo Robles never forgot the kind and caring nurses at the hospital when she had her son, and she never stopped thinking about going into the healthcare field one day.
When her son was eight and she felt she had more time to pursue her education, Dulce began to look into what program options were available. After receiving a pamphlet in the mail from Poway Adult School, she discovered the Certified Nurse Assistant (CNA) Training Program.
Dulce thought their program would be a great fit for her and her family since the program offered a flexible class schedule, allowing her to reach her career goals while simultaneously spending time with her family and working two part-time jobs.
Since enrolling in the CNA program at Poway Adult School, Dulce has nothing but good things to say about the program, explaining that the staff is extremely helpful and that the program in general is a very rewarding experience. She is overjoyed knowing that she is making a difference in her patients’ lives at Casa De Las Campanas, the facility where students do their clinical work. And while the good experiences outweigh the bad, there have been many challenges and obstacles that Dulce has had to overcome.
“My biggest challenge while in the program has been having to take time away from my son and from work, but I know it’s a sacrifice that will pay off in the end.”
After completing the CNA program, Dulce plans to work as a Certified Nurse Assistant in a hospital while also working towards her Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology at California State University San Marcos. She adds that she owes a lot of her success to the teachers and staff at Poway Adult School, thanking Denise McAndrews and Lynne Head for their constant support and effort in making sure the students in the CNA program are provided with all the tools needed to be successful.
Dulce is an inspiration to many, proving that with dedication and hard work, it is possible to reach your career goals, all while raising a family, working, and pursuing another degree.
Dulce gives these final words of wisdom to future CNA students, “You should make sure you schedule your time wisely, providing time for class, clinicals, studying, working, as family time is limited – every moment counts.”