Dorothy Warner has worked at Chelsea Place Care Center in Hartford as a CNA for 33 years. She is currently taking a series of on-line courses through Charter Oak State College that will give her the Long-Term Care Certificate. She feels that she is definitely learning things in these courses that are helping her at work.
She has never taken on-line courses before but likes it a lot. “I can do the work right at home in my pajamas!” she says. Dorothy encourages others to try on-line courses but says that “you have to know your way around a computer. It can also be time consuming, you have to do maybe two hours per night doing things such as looking at websites, writing, and contributing to discussion boards.”
Dorothy is also a Union Learning Representative for the Training Fund, encouraging her co-workers to use the Fund and go to school. “It feels good to know there are people in school because I encouraged them to try,” she says. “I think the Training Fund is a great thing. I got my high school diploma, took classes at Capital Community College, and got extra tutoring when I needed it.”
She adds “People trying to better themselves, even if you’re old, is always a good thing. It keeps the cobwebs off the brain! I always say Knowledge is Power!”