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Our healthcare workers

Since the 1990s, Goodwin Connections has supported thousands of student parents with
childcare expenses, college tuition, and basic needs. Throughout that time, hundreds of current healthcare workers earned their college degrees. These moms and dads have been taking care of our community for many years including through the ongoing pandemic.

“Our student parents are incredibly resilient. They have come through the other side of whatever life has thrown at them and they are committed to finishing college and starting their careers,” says Rachel Sanchez, Program & Community Outreach Manager at Goodwin Connections. “Many have been moved by a caring nurse or social worker who got them through a challenging time and have been inspired to give back.”

As we look to the future, nurses, dental hygienists, respiratory therapists, mental health practitioners, and physical therapists will be in very high demand. It is more important than ever to support those who are going into these fields as the U.S. population ages and as healthcare workers retire.

“More than 50% of our current student parents will begin a healthcare-related career after graduation,” says Sanchez. “We’re honored to introduce this next generation—and we’re so inspired by what keeps them motivated, we’re dedicating this issue to hear straight from them. Please join us in thanking these future healthcare workers for their commitment to keeping us healthy and safe.”

“I have worked in the healthcare industry for 10 years now. My goal as a future nursing professional is to support my patients during their time of healing, and educate others to promote healthy lifestyles for our future generations.”
-Nicole, Pacific Lutheran University, Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing


“I was unsure of what I wanted to do, so I became a nursing assistant while working on my prerequisites. During that time, I realized nursing was the right career for me. I love helping people, even if it’s something simple and small. Nursing is such a rewarding
job and I wish I would have done this years ago. I will graduate in March 2021, and I am beyond excited to start my career.”
-Gabby, Shoreline Community College, Associate Degree, Nursing


“Years ago, when my grandmother was hospitalized, I was in awe of the nurse who cared for her and how he also cared for my family. I found it amazing that his care alone had such a profound and lasting impact. It was an incredible experience and I was inspired to go into nursing to provide that same type of amazing care, to help patients and families get through difficult times.”
-Samantha, Pacific Lutheran University, Master’s in Nursing


“The impact I hope to have is to change perspectives about law enforcement in the community by educating both sides, but most importantly helping law enforcement officers and families proactively take care of their mental health and wellness so they can take care of us.”
-Becca, Seattle Central College, Bachelor’s Degree in Applied Behavioral Science


“I want to be in a position to provide quality care to individuals no matter their race, age, gender, or social status. So many people experience poor healthcare because of barriers that are most likely out of their control; for example, the area they live in or the language they speak. Statistics show that people in rural areas receive a lesser quality care or avoid seeking treatment at all because they lack education. As healthcare providers, we are not only responsible for providing care, we are responsible for educating patients in a way that they will educate others as a direct result.”
-Larriett, Seattle Central College, Bachelor’s Degree in Dental Hygiene


“When I was 18, my best friend was in a motorcycle accident and ended up with a traumatic brain injury that left him with severe and permanent deficits. While he was in the hospital ,the ones who had the greatest compassion, love, and care were the nurses. The nurses got us through. They impacted him and all of his supporters immensely, they gave us hope. I want to give people hope in the hardest and most challenging moments of their lives. I want to make a direct influence on my community.”
-Angel, Everett Community College, Associate’s Degree in Pre-Nursing


“I want to focus on quality improvement and patient advocacy within healthcare systems. I want to advocate for those who are unable to speak up for themselves.”

Teresa, UW-Seattle, Master’s in Healthcare Administration


“I was always interested in doing something challenging and making a difference in people’s lives. And also, as I grew up in a family with healthcare workers that really drove me to the profession. I want to have a stable job in order to live a comfortable life
with my kids.”
-Biezawit, North Seattle College, Associate Degree in Nursing


“My entire professional life has been dedicated to saving the lives of babies with congenital heart defects. I see myself performing diagnostic sonographies on newborns or pregnant women whose fetuses may have developed a congenital heart defect. Keeping deep in my heart my past experiences, the passion for caring about others, and the love of medicine, I will apply the given new skills to the occupation of a medical sonographer to do my work professionally, passionately, and warmly. I hope to continue supporting pediatric cardiac medical organizations in developing countries to provide as many babies as possible with a chance to live longer and happier lives.”
-Viktoria, Seattle University, Bachelor’s degree in Diagnostic Ultrasound


“When I lived in Ethiopia, I witnessed systemic discrimination that affected citizens’ health-related quality of life. Many families struggled to have access to healthcare due to a lack of nearby hospitals and an unaffordable healthcare system. I remember one single mother of seven in my neighborhood who was forced to give birth at home because of these circumstances. These stories were far too common and I felt helpless at the time, but I was adamant that I would grow up to change people’s lives by working to provide healthcare to everyone, especially those who are marginalized and underrepresented. One year after I moved to the United States, my grandfather passed away from high blood pressure. I was distressed when I heard the news of his death because I knew high blood pressure could have been easily treated or prevented with access to adequate healthcare. The frustration and grief of losing my grandfather solidified my desire to pursue nursing. I made the decision to enter the healthcare field based on my own desire, love of those who live and thrive around me, and to be a role model for my two sons. I feel it is important to have a goal in life, and it’s valuable to me and my sons to achieve my goals. I love meeting new people and being able to lend a helping hand in any way I possibly can. What better way to help the general population than to have a profession in the healthcare industry?”
-Maza, Highline College, Associate Degree in Nursing


“Nurses take on many roles and responsibilities. Their jobs do not end as caretakers but extend to advocates and educators, among many other tasks and duties. I have seen how one person can make a difference in patient outcomes by having genuine care and concern
for others around them. I chose the nursing profession because I believe that doing the most good for the people around me can change lives extending far beyond the individual.”
-Briana, Pierce College, Associate Degree in Nursing


“I chose nursing because I wanted to do something in my career that is challenging, interesting, and makes a difference in people’s lives daily. Nursing gives me the opportunity to impact my patients and my community.”
-Linda, Pacific Lutheran University, Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing


“I chose to become a nurse because I really love how rewarding it is to help others. I hope to make a difference with my patients by providing compassionate care.”
-Sarah, Pacific Lutheran University, Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing



“I chose to become a mental health and social services professional because of what I experienced growing up in a broken home. After years of reflection, education, and healing, I realized my purpose: To help families and individuals develop healthier lifestyles, relationships, and environments.”
-Manuela, Pierce College, Associate Degree in Social Service and Mental Health


“I want to give back to my community. The impact I hope to have is to amplify the voices of marginalized communities and aid in the creation of safe spaces through research and data interpretation.”
-Sierra, University of Washington, Seattle, Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology


“Healthcare was my passion from my childhood and I love helping and engaging with people. What’s a better way to engage with people than helping people?”
-Hilwa, Edmonds Community College, Associate Degree in Pharmacy


“I chose a career in healthcare because I am passionate about making a difference in my community while giving quality care to patients, with a meaningful purpose.”
-Lisa, North Seattle College, Associate Degree in Ultrasound


“I really enjoy helping people, and my mom suffered from asthma. I like to help people who have different diseases.”
-Liya, North Seattle College, Associate Degree in Nursing


“With Goodwin Connections financial and emotional support, I have made significant achievements not only in my academics and professionally, but also in my personal life.”
-Embeba, North Seattle College, Associate Degree in Pre-Nursing

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