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Hear from Instituto Graduates

Alexis Pelaez is graduating with the Instituto Health Sciences Career Academy Class of 2017
My name is Alexis Pelaez, I was raised by both my parents Ciro and Natividad, who taught me the importance of education and how it can help me build in the future. However, the weird thing is, they both didn't finish their education. Due to the lack of money, they were forced to work under the sun. Working under those conditions, my parents have always told me and my sisters that they don't want that kind of life for us; no matter what career we choose, either small or big, they want us to major in something. That support itself means the world to me, knowing that my parents will be there showing constant support in my education. To my parents, my high school graduation holds a great meaning because they never had their own graduation, and seeing their older child graduate is a huge accomplishment for them as parents. But to me my high school graduation means that I have ended a chapter of my life. I have learned so much from my teachers, mentors and the friends I've made throughout the years. June 17, 2017 is the day I close the door behind me and open up a new door, starting my new chapter as a college student.
Paulina Barrientos recently graduated from the Basic Nursing Assistant Career Pathway program at Instituto

As a young mother of two, graduating was a major goal I was able to accomplish thanks to the amazing opportunity Carreras en Salud gave me. Graduating opened a new and important chapter in my life because now I am a step closer to my dream career, which is a Registered Nurse. For many people, including myself, graduating is something we dream of accomplishing in life. Being able to graduate had a significant impact in my life, well not only mine but also my family and close peers.

Being able to graduate was a fundamental milestone for myself and I am gratified to say I was able to achieve it. Graduation was truly important to me because as a mother we want to set the greatest example to our children. I believe that graduating falls as a great example to set for them. Education wise, I am honestly delighted to be where I am now due to the astonishing program Carreras en Salud provided for myself and many others.

Last but not to least graduating was a momentous event in my life because it taught me many important things in life. One of the things it taught me was to never give up on yourself under any circumstances. Graduating made a huge statement in my life because I proved to myself that nothing is impossible as long as you set your mind to it. I want to give thanks to Carreras en Salud and their personnel for giving the great opportunity to attend their great program and allowing me to graduate.


Elizabeth Hernandez reflects on the importance of graduating from high school, as well as her recent graduation from the pre-LPN program at Instituto. Elizabeth is now taking BNA classes and plans to continue her studies at community college.

Graduating high school can become complicated throughout the long run. But it's an amazing experience that you'll take with you forever. If I had the chance to do it all over again, I would definitely do so. Having a high school diploma is important to many. You will certainly have better job opportunities. You will have many doors opened to you. For example, the program Carreras en Salud opened a door to me after I graduated high school. The fact that they offer many services like tutoring, babysitting for free is amazing. As well as, help you set up a resume to find a job. Most importantly it's free. They provide you with all the utensils you need.

I'm currently attending Carreras en Salud to become a BNA.I recently finished the Pre-LPN at Carreras en Salud. I felt very proud of myself because it took me a lot to reach my goal. I've always had a hard time with my English, but having the support of the staff made me have a positive mind set. It was important for me to complete the class because it lead me to the Carreras en Salud Basic Nursing Assistant Training Program(BNATP). And, I knew I had to pass the class in order to get into the program. Now, I'm a step closer to making my dream come true.

The program Carreras en Salud helps you develop your knowledge and grow in your education. Like I said, it can become challenging throughout the long run. You have to put your mind and heart to it along with a positive attitude. Remember, "Nothing is impossible, the word itself says 'I'm possible'! ..."