Moving On Up!
Latesha Cunningham moved from Louisiana to Denison some four years ago to be closer to her mom, and she hasn’t stopped moving in one way or another since!
In fact, Cunningham has been moving toward her ultimate goal of becoming a nurse for years. She became a mom at age 16, but she didn’t let that stop her from completing high school or earning her nurse aide certification. In 2018, four years post-high school, and after working as a CNA, Cunningham decided to take the next step in her education and career path. She enrolled in Grayson College’s Patient Care Technician (PCT) program.
The PCT program offers successful completers the opportunity to earn four certifications in healthcare professions: EKG Technician, Phlebotomy Technician, Nurse Aide, and Patient Care Technician. The program is short, but intense with 16 hours of class per week over a 16-week period.
Latesha’s children were aged two and six, and she was working nights at Stone Brook Assisted Living in Denison. It took daily planning and efficiency to make her schedule work. She arrived home at 3:20 a.m. from work, slept until 7 am, and then rallied to get her son off to school and drop her daughter off at her aunt’s house. She attended class through noon, ate lunch, studied, returned home, spent some time with her children, and then prepared to report for her 6 p.m. work shift.
Cunningham doesn’t complain or even mention the challenges she faced to stay in school and successfully complete the program in December 2018. Yet she did what so many try and fail to do; she literally did it all! She was a mom, an employee, a co-worker, a caregiver, a student, a classmate, a daughter, a sister, a niece, an aunt, a friend, and the list goes on and on.
Cunningham describes the PCT program as “…good practice, and it lets you know if you are a good candidate for being in the medical field.” “Ms. Wilcoxen (the PCT instructor) was a great teacher and very patient. I really enjoyed her class,” added Cunningham. After graduation, Cunningham continued at Stone Brook, but kept her sights on a position at the Texoma Regional Blood Center. Then in a moment of serendipity, Cunningham left Stone Brook, and on the same day the Blood Center called her for an interview. She’s been at the Texoma Regional Blood Center since.
Now with three children, including a daughter born shortly after she graduated from the PCT program, Cunningham is continuing her pursuit of a nursing degree at Grayson College. We are in awe of you, Latesha! Keep moving on up!
Latesha Cunningham moved from Louisiana to Denison some four years ago to be closer to her mom, and she hasn’t stopped moving in one way or another since! In fact, Cunningham has been moving toward her ultimate goal of becoming a nurse for years. She became a mom at age 16, but she didn’t let that stop her from completing […]
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