Unique Markle is a 2017 York Technical Institute graduate from York city who wants to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) for private home care, and eventually a registered nurse. She was referred to the Summer Career Employment Academy (SCEA) by Center for Employment & Training (CET) Adviser Jeannette Santiago. After an interview with CET Program Manager Shana Scott and Director Michael Jefferson (Mr. J), she was hired as an Administrative Assistant.
Unique started her position in April as “the first face clients see when they enter the CET office.” Her responsibilities include answering questions and returning phone calls regarding the SCEA program, accepting applications, and making copies to verify state qualifications. Her favorite part of the job is completing the qualifications for each applicant. She loves seeing them succeed in the program. Unique recommends the SCEA program to anyone interested, “The staff are friendly and enjoyable, and we are just one big, happy family!”
Unique plans to enroll in Crispus Attucks Center for Employment & Training’s CNA program in the fall. “Being a part of SCEA has made me aware that everything is attainable,” she said. She enjoys the thankfulness and kindness of the staff, especially “Mr. J.”. Her young son is her biggest inspiration. She would consider working for Crispus Attucks in the future to help children.
Rachel Means is a 2018 Northeastern High School graduate from York. Earlier this year, she went to an event to seek out local training and job opportunities with her mother. She was referred to “ Mr. J” and Shana Scott. After the interview process, she was hired in June. Her position as Administrative Assistant complements that of Unique’s, but focuses on computer and paperwork for the SCEA program to meet local and state requirements.”
A typical day for Rachel is in what the staff call the “Sunshine Room”, where she fulfills her administrative duties. “I enjoy being behind the scenes in processing applications for local and state qualifications,” she said. “The office staff is warm, friendly, and welcoming.” Rachel recommends Crispus Attucks programs to others to help them reach their goals.
Rachel’s diligent work ethics come from her grandfather, whose favorite quote was “Good, better, best, and never let it rest.” After the SCEA program, she will be attending Duquesne University in Pittsburgh to major in political science in the hopes of becoming a Civil Rights Attorney, focusing on women and minorities.
Story by SCSEP Participant Jeanine Richardson.