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Ten years ago, Shanai Webster took and passed the entrance exam for the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center. However, she was not able to start the program. Instead, she focused her energies on taking care of her children and working.

Shanai Webster and Adeanna TazellEarlier this year, Shanai decided it was time to go back and enroll in the program. "Wanting a better life for me and my kids made me choose to go back," comments Shanai, "Working minimum wage jobs is not getting anyone anywhere. I also wanted to set a better example for my kids."

Shanai’s motivation also stems from a deep desire to help others. She grew up watching and sometimes helping her grandmother take care of her uncle, and that instilled in her the importance of caring for others.

She wants to work at an assisted living facility or hospital, noting that she enjoys one on one interaction with people and the chance to make a difference.

Shanai turned to the ROC-HPOG program to help her address a few obstacles.

Adeanna Tazell, a Service Navigator with ROC-HPOG at Starbridge, assisted Shanai with applying for the CNA program and accessing funding for books and exam fees. Perhaps most importantly, she provided unwavering support and encouragement and attended Shanai’s graduation ceremony. Comments Shanai,

"Her support has meant a lot. I didn’t think I had anyone in my corner, but now I do."


For more information about ROC-HPOG, visit Starbridge’s HPOG page or contact Adeanna Tazell by phone at 585-224-7212 or by email at atazell@starbridgeinc.org.