Tec Centro's success stories are your success


Raul A. When Raul started at NCR (Nuestra Clinica Rehab) he was also interested in starting at Tec Centro to learn new skills as part of his recovery. As his NCR program continued, he eventually moved the to the Halfway House where he had more independence and could begin taking courses.

While in the half house Raul was able to train his cooking skills and became the cook for all residents of the Halfway house, La Casa. Raul successfully completed the Culinary Arts Skills Training and also Serv Safe Certification and now has found employment as a cook at the Spanish American Civic Association.

Paula D-H. Paula had been laid off from her job and was receiving Unemployment Benefits. She decided to take a chance and enrolled in Call Center Customer Service Rep Skills Training at Tec Centro. While receiving financial assistance through Unemployment, she successfully completed the training, passed the certification, did her externship at Nuestra Clinica Mental Health Unit, and secured employment as a receptionist.

Jose O. enrolled in Tec Centro’s ESL classes in 2015. In his native country, Jose was a Certified Electrician. A lack of language skills inhibited him from advancing in a job related to his work experience. After completion of the ESL class, Jose was able to enroll in Tec Centro’s Facilities Building Maintenance Program and completed the program in April 2018. With the completion of the program, he secured a full-time job in Facilitates Maintenance at Wheatland Hill Apartments. Jose is now taking ESL during the evening to continue the improvement of his language skills.

Ninoshka L. left school at 17 years old and only completed the 9th grade. In January of 2018, she was fired from her job for not having my high school diploma or GED. She felt so ashamed to be fired, and that day she decided to finish her GED.

She is a mother of 3 children and she wanted her children to be proud of her. At the same time, she want to feel proud of herself. So, she worked hard and in November of 2018, she attained her HS Equivalency Diploma. Soon after graduating, she had the opportunity to enroll in the Medical Assistant Program at Tec Centro, another one of her goals.

Elwuin C. came from a masonry construction career in Venezuela. While waiting for his Social Security card, he enrolled in Tec Centro’s Residential Construction Skills Training course. With no English language skills and no transportation, Elwuin was still able to successfully complete the program and receive his OSHA certification.

A few months later, Elwin happily returned to Tec Centro with his Social Security card in hand. He is now hired at High Concrete as General Laborer and is paid $15.75 per hour. He is doing well.

Veronica F. I had the privilege to attend your CNA classes in 2015. I just wanted to say thank you and give you an update on my career. I went back to school and got my LPN at CCTC, and now I’m working at Mennonite Homes as an LPN. Hopefully, in a few years I’ll go back to school for my RN. What Tec Centro and SACA does for the community a blessing, and gives people like us hope for the future. Thanks again and God bless you.

Ana P-M. Ana was determined to obtain her GED. She worked diligently and received her Diploma in July, 2017 while working as a full time cashier in Walmart. After completing this academic goal, she was promoted to a supervisory position, which she currently holds.

Marianely M-O. Being the mother of a toddler and working full time in a factory, did not stop Marianely from working hard to obtain her GED in October, 2017. Living in Elizabethtown was not a obstacle either. She did not miss a single class until achieving her goal. Since completion, Marianely went on to obtain a Medical Assistant Certification at Elizabethtown College. Her perseverance yielded additional schooling and better employment opportunities.

Marilu D. As a new migrant, Marilu was determined to change her life and did not hesitate to work hard to achieve it. While caring for her one year old daughter and working full time in a factory, she obtained her GED diploma in October of 2017. She is now gainfully employed as a Daycare Administrator.

Jinerci V. enrolled in Tec Centro’s CNA program in 2015. After completing training, she became employed with a local retirement home; however, Jinerci wanted more. She worked as a PRN CNA from the time of her graduation till February of 2018. During that time, she enrolled in the Radiography program and graduated. She has been working with UPMC Pinnacle Lancaster since October 2017 as a Mammographer/ Radiographer.

When discussing why she made the switch, Jinerci says, “ I loved my job as a CNA, I got so attached to my residents that I did not want to leave them, but it was too much for me working full time at the hospital and working as a CNA as well. My pay rate was 17.00 per hour when I left Landis Homes. “

In addition, Jinerci says that being a CNA helped to improve her English speaking skills as well. Her new positions afforded her the opportunity to constantly practice her English, which strengthened her fluency quickly.

Currently, Jinerci is cross-training in mammography and has an average pay rate of $23-27 per how. “I love my job!” Jinerci explains, “I cannot express how happy and proud I feel of being the only Latina in the imaging department at my job. I help a lot of Spanish patients that come in who do not speak English.”