SECU SCHOLARSHIPS SUPPORT NURSING ASSISTANT STUDENTS

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

MAY 25, 2016

The recipients of the SECU Continuing Education Scholarship are from left to right: Dianne Hayter of Greensboro; Gabriella Martinez of Archdale; and Kim McDonald of Randleman. (Photo by Carla Kucinski)

The recipients of the SECU Continuing Education Scholarship are from left to right: Dianne Hayter of Greensboro; Gabriella Martinez of Archdale; and Kim McDonald of Randleman. (Photo by Carla Kucinski)

JAMESTOWN, N.C. — The State Employees’ Credit Union (SECU) Foundation has awarded three Guilford Technical Community College students with an SECU Continuing Education Scholarship, each valued at $750. The scholarship recognizes students enrolled in the Nursing Assistant I (NA) Training Program during the spring term.

The scholarship recipients are: Dianne Hayter of Greensboro; Gabriella Martinez of Archdale; and Kim McDonald of Randleman.

Dianne Hayter decided to switch careers after the recession affected her job as an interior designer. For years she struggled to secure a steady job and never quite recovered from the downturn in the economy. “I took any job I could find – concierge, receptionist, dog walker, house cleaner, house keeper, … ” she said. She eventually became unemployed. In January 2016, she entered GTCC’s NA program to begin her pathway to becoming a nurse and secure a job in the growing health care field.

Gabriella Martinez is a single mom who is constantly looking for ways to improve her son’s life and give him everything he deserves. Martinez became pregnant during her senior year of high school, and with the help of her supportive parents, she graduated from high school on time. She entered the NA program just four months after giving birth to her son, knowing that the sacrifices she makes now will only benefit her and her baby. Her goal is to become a nurse, and eventually a forensic psychologist. “It is my goal and my ambition to not become a statistic and continue my school,” she said.

Kim McDonald entered the NA program due to unemployment. She was searching for a set of skills she could develop in order to not only secure employment, but also embark on a rewarding career. She sees the NA program as a stepping stone to her goal of becoming a nurse, a dream she’s had since she was a child. Her caring heart and compassion for others are a natural fit for the profession. “This scholarship will empower me to empower others,” she said.

Launched in 2013, the SECU Continuing Education Scholarship focuses on assisting the needs of North Carolina’s unemployed and underemployed citizens, military veterans and members of the North Carolina National Guard seeking short-term job training for new careers or retraining to advance current job skills.

From left to right: Warren Crow, director of Health Careers and NA Training Program at GTCC; Dianne Hayter; Gabriella Martinez; Kim McDonald; Dr. Jacqueline Greenlee, SECU board member and director of Organizational Development at GTCC.

From left to right: Warren Crow, director of Health Careers and NA Training Program at GTCC; Dianne Hayter; Gabriella Martinez; Kim McDonald; Dr. Jacqueline Greenlee, SECU board member and director of Organizational Development at GTCC.

Guilford Technical Community College is the fourth largest of 58 institutions in the NC Community College System. GTCC serves more than 40,000 students annually from five campuses and a Small Business Center. Learn more at www.gtcc.edu.

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— Carla Kucinski