New Career Path Thanks to Help From F.I.S.H. OF SANCAP
For as long as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a nurse. I guess life just got in the way, until now. With the help of the F.I.S.H. Adult Education program, I am now a FL State Certified Nursing Assistant!” says Roxanne Frost, island employee.
Frost first visited FISH to learn about their programs and services. “I knew I wanted to return to school, but didn’t think it was attainable from a life/work balance and financial standpoint,” says Frost. “In talking with Nitza Lopez, FISH Social Worker, she made me feel that everything was possible, and helped guide me through the application and state funding process.” Although Frost received state financial aid for her education, it wasn’t enough to pay for the materials and uniform that were required to complete the course. FISH stepped in with additional financial assistance, and Frost began the full time, 6 week course at Cape Coral Technical College. Frost graduated on May 25, and was certified with the state Aug. 1.
“FISH was so supportive during this process, and gave me the clarity I needed to believe in myself and to better my life,” said Frost. She continues, “I hope to be hired by Lee Health, working in acute care, and am looking toward possibly becoming an LPN or maybe even an RN. I can’t thank FISH enough for their support and assistance. To have an organization like FISH in the community is amazing. They really make you feel like you can do anything, like you belong, and like you are part of a family.”
Individuals interested in the Adjust Education Program must live, or work at least 30 hours/week, on Sanibel or Captiva. Restrictions apply and individuals must qualify by providing certain documentation to FISH Social Worker and Case Manager Nitza Lopez. For additional information, please contact Nitza at the FISH Walk-In-Center, 239-472-4775.