From Housekeeper to Medical Technician; new nursing opportunity changes a life

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TORRINGTON, Wyo. Maria Chavez was a housekeeper for Community Hospital in Torrington for seven years.

Maria Chavez works three days a week as a Medical Technician, takes classes in the evenings and does not get the chance to see her family at all on Mondays and Wednesdays. (Brian Sherrod, KNEP)

Chavez’s mother in law suggested that she should get into Nursing and recommended a CNA class.

Chavez then decided to pursue nursing and applied for a medical position and received it.

She then moved onto the emergency room.

This was all made possible by a $60,000 grant that Eastern Wyoming College received from Banner Health creating an Associate Degree for Nursing in the Torrington location.

Chavez takes night classes at the college which benefits her and her family so that she does not have to travel too far.

While being currently in school pursuing this degree, her family has had to adjust.

Chavez works three days a week, takes classes in the evenings and does not get the chance to see her family at all on Mondays and Wednesdays.

Chavez says it is never too late to pursue your passions.

“Make sure to always work hard,” said Maria Chavez, ED Technician. “Dedicate yourself and believe in yourself. Just know that anything is possible as long as you set your mind to it, continue on and never give up.”

Eastern Wyoming College is expecting their first round of graduates to walk across the state in spring of 2021.