Ti’eara Monroe’s job as a home-health certified nursing assistant is challenging work, and her 12-hour shifts — evenings, overnights and weekends — aren’t on a set schedule. Meanwhile, the 22-year-old is also raising a toddler son, Aiden.
On top of all that, the 2012 Raytown South High School grad is a full-time Metropolitan Community College student, taking advantage of MCC’s MoSTEMWINs medical assistant program.
But Monroe has the road map in front of her and can see her destination: She makes $12 an hour as a CNA. She hopes to make $15 an hour as a medical assistant.
She’s also just 12 hours shy of earning an associate in applied science degree at MCC, and she eventually plans to become a registered nurse.
Aiden goes to daycare, and Monroe gets a lot of help from her mom. As she upgrades her skills and credentials, she hopes to gain more stable employment with hours that will give her more time with her son.
“Personally, I just want to do more. I want to be somebody,” Monroe says. “I want my son to look up to me, and when he gets older to say, ‘I know she had some challenges, but she stuck with it and completed her goals.’
“I always tell myself, ‘You can do this! You got this! You can get through this!’ I want to set an example for my son.”
MCC’s medical assistant program, funded by the MoSTEMWINs grant, was launched in June 2015. Last summer a fourth cohort of students started the program, which is an eight-month commitment: six months of coursework followed by a clinical externship.
Monroe is in Cohort 3, which began last February and ends with the final on Thursday, Sept. 15. Classes run each weekday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at MCC’s Health Science Institute.
MoSTEMWINs covers tuition costs for eligible students. The program targets unemployed and underemployed individuals and veterans.
MCC’s goal is for 100 students to complete the medical assistant program. For more information, contact George Hudson, 816.604.5025 or George.Hudson@mcckc.edu.