Julie Pociopa, (center) certified nurse’s aide at the Iron River Care Center, is presented with flowers and a certificate from Michigan Works’ Stacy Dominici, employment training specialist, (right) presented at the recent 2012 Michigan Works Association Alumni celebration. Also pictured Kelly Possanza (front, left) of the Iron River Care Center, in back, from left, Kristen Meske, director of nursing; Carmen Kataja, assistant director of nursing; and Chrissy LaFountain, LPN-MDS coordinator.
IRON RIVER—Julie Pociopa visited the local Michigan Works Service Center to seek training and education opportunities and, ultimately, a successful career.
She began working with Stacy Dominici at Michigan Works, and was able to take advantage of services including career counseling and job-skills training.
Dominici encouraged Pociopa to take the first steps in furthering her education by completing her high school requirements through GED training.
After completing her GED, Pociopa was interested in pursuing a career in the medical field. She began certified nurse aide (CAN) training and shortly thereafter received her license.
“It was always a dream of mine to become a certified nurse’s aide,” said Pociopa.
“Thanks to the encouragement of Stacy at the Caspian Michigan Works office, I had the confidence to not only get my GED but my CAN as well. I could not have done either without Michigan Works.”
During this time, Iron River Care Center was actively seeking CNAs and Pociopa interviewed for a position.
Her qualifications met the requirements and she was offered a position, which she gratefully accepted, she noted.
“Julie is an asset to the Iron River Care Center,” said Kristen Meske, director of nursing at the Iron River Care Center. “She is an excellent team player who truly takes the initiative to get the job done. She is compassionate and has a great work ethic. We are very excited to have her join our team.”
“I absolutely love my job and the people I get to help,” said Pociopa. “I feel so very blessed.”
Pociopa was among 25 outstanding individuals honored at the 2012 Michigan Works Outstanding Alumni celebration, held each year to honor the achievements of Michigan citizens who, with support from Michigan Works, have attained the education and marketable skills needed for jobs in high demand occupations and new industries.