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Amber Dixon is Going to Improve the Quality of Healthcare through CalWORKs Education at Pasadena City College

Pasadena City College CalWORKs Program

Sometimes in life, the unexpected occurs.


I am a single parent and I do not have family to help me financially or with my son.  I have not lost my passion, and I know that I have to continue my education and that failure is not an option. I believe success is a reflection of opportunities available. Once I began attending Pasadena City College, I quickly enrolled in prerequisite courses for the Registered Nursing Program, I have been elated by the many opportunities available at Pasadena City College. In the summer of 2016, I completed the Certified Nursing Assistant program and was very excited to get my first patient-care experience.

The CalWORKs program at Pasadena City College is extremely helpful. They excel at helping me integrate parenting with being a student who receives government assistance

CalWORKs has helped me attain a job on campus,  eliminating the financial stress I would usually face during the semester. It is helpful with paying bills and providing for my child. These resources alone have helped me become a better scholar and mother to my son.

I aspire to be a Family Nurse Practitioner and build up healthier communities, schools and the entire nation. Upon completion of the Registered Nursing program at Pasadena City College, I plan to transfer to a four-year university. Becoming a nurse will help me become financially stable.  Ultimately, my goal is to inspire as many people as I can and to better the quality of healthcare for everyone.

*Excerpted from 2017 CalWORKs Association Portraits of Success

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