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Alumna Finds Career Success Helping Others
Since she was a child, Brenda Johnson aspired to find a career that combined her passion for helping others with the ability to provide for her family. The education she received at Berkeley College helped jumpstart her career and fulfill her dreams.
Ms. Johnson credits her success to the supportive educational environment she experienced at Berkeley College in Newark. As a mom with a full-time job, staying committed to her studies was often a challenge. She says her professors and her fellow classmates encouraged her to work hard and complete the program.
“Berkeley College is a wonderful place,” she said. “The students look out for each other, and it feels good to know that everyone has your back.”
Ms. Johnson completed her Patient Care Technician certificate in 2015, and is a Patient Care Associate at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Wayne, NJ. As a Patient Care Associate, she works with doctors, nurses, and other healthcare professionals to oversee and monitor patients. She provides direct patient care and comfort measures, takes vital signs, and collects specimens.
For Ms. Johnson the most rewarding part of the job is ensuring that her patients feel safe and comfortable. “I know I have done my job if patients are smiling when they see the doctor,” she said. “It is very rewarding to know that I am helping people every day.”
Excited about her future and the career possibilities that her certificate has opened up for her, Ms. Johnson has plans to pursue a degree in social work or public health.