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Student Story

Jania Barnett

Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA)

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Come in and do everything that you have to do, and you will achieve your goals. Remember that the staff is here to help you, and let them help!

Oneonta Job Corps was a beacon of hope to a young lady who realized that to have a career she needed more than her high school diploma. Jania Barnett enrolled in Job Corps at the age of 21 in order to achieve her goal of becoming trained to work in the medical field.

Jania entered the Health Occupations Technology (HOT) program after a short time in academic classes where she worked to improve her Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) scores in order to be able to do well in her trade. Janie struggled with some of the coursework in her trade, but she dug deep and worked harder in order to improve her grades. Jania completed the HOT program with cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and first aid certifications but failed her CNA state exam on her first try. Jania did not accept defeat. While enrolled back in full-time academics to improve her TABE scores and await the next CNA state exam, she searched for a leisure time employment position that would allow her to keep her CNA skills sharp.

Jania was hired at ARC Otsego where she worked second shift at a residential facility assisting residents with daily living activities. When Jania took her CNA exam the second time, she passed. Jania chose to relocate to Oneonta, New York, and keep her position at ARC Otsego instead of going home to Binghamton, New York. Jania graduated from Oneonta Job Corps in November 2012 and continues to be a full-time employee at ARC Otsego using her CNA skills.