Amina Amisi came to the U.S. from the Democratic Republic of the Congo in 2004. She started at NOVA in 2012 as an ESL student, which then led her to take classes in the health care field. The nursing profession was a natural fit for Amina. She has seen the concern and care nurses provide to the most vulnerable of society as a mother with a special needs child,. She decided there was no better way to give back to others than to become a nurse.
Amina is one of 600 students who have benefited from a 2012 TAACCCT grant given by the Department of Labor (DOL) to a consortium of colleges led by Bellevue College in WA, which NOVA is a member. This grant benefits students through the development of new Health IT curricula by providing help in finding a career. Amina is grateful for the career coaching she received, including how to write a resume and what to expect in the workplace, which gave her the skills and confidence to interview with potential employers.
Amina will graduate in Spring 2016 with an associate degree in Nursing and an associate degree in General Studies; with a 3.7 GPA. Amina was offered a job as a clinical technician at Inova Fairfax Hospital the day after her interview! She plans to continue her studies and pursue a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at George Washington University. When speaking about her experience at NOVA, Amina is adamant about advising others to seize every opportunity they are given through this program and the College. Amina considers this her “second chance in life,” and she is making the most of it.