As a child Kamera knew she wanted to be a nurse. Years later, when she earned her CNA, she was well on her way to realizing the dream – earning not just a job, but a rewarding career that her and her children could be proud of. Just when healthcare’s shifting realities seemed to threaten that dream, Kamara found the solution she needed right in her community.

After the birth of her daughter in 2011, Kamera decided that she wanted more for her family. “I kept thinking about the many low-income jobs I was getting,” Kamera recalls. “I wanted to have a career and raise my family the right way”. After giving birth Kamera found a brochure on the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at Illinois Central College (ICC). “That’s how my journey started”.

During her time at ICC she realized just how quickly she could accomplish her Registered Nurse (RN) goal. The team at ICC was encouraging and motivated Kamera to go for her RN. As she began to pass classes, her confidence continued to grow.

While attending ICC, Kamera discussed her RN plans with family and friends. During one of these discussions, she was made aware of two programs offered by PCCEO, the CSBG Scholarship Program and the Health Careers Program. She applied and was awarded both times in 2017 and 2018. “I always understood how important it was to utilize community resources. When you come from a community such as Peoria with limitations on financial resources it can be tough. I believe it’s equally important to give back to the community once you achieve your goals.” Kamera reflects. “This is why I am always looking for different volunteer activities and remain active in the community”.

In May 2019, Kamera completed her BSN in Nursing and is looking forward to starting her career at OSF. It has been a long and rewarding journey for this young woman and PCCEO would like to congratulate her on all of her accomplishments.

Kamera is always looking for new opportunities and can be contacted at kamerajordan1@gmail.com.

For more information on the CSBG Scholarship Program and the Health Careers Program call 309-671-3900.