Success Story: Dyana Catania
Financial Coordinator II, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
Workforce Development Program Participation: Online College Preparation Program; College for America
Where is Dyana Today?
Dyana is a Financial Coordinator II in the TIMI Study Group Protocol within the Cardiovascular Division of Brigham and Women’s Hospital. She is also a mother who recently obtained her associate’s degree in general arts through the College for America (CfA) program, which represents a partnership between Partners HealthCare and Southern New Hampshire University. This innovative online associate’s degree program is offered to employees with a tuition incentive for the first year. For further CfA education, employees can use tuition reimbursement and other financial support from Partners HealthCare, which makes it extremely affordable.
Dyana's Workforce Development Path
Dyana had completed the Partners HealthCare Online College Preparation Program (OCPP), which provides a learning experience that simulates typical online college courses. Her career coach in the BWH Workforce Development office knew that Dyana was interested in furthering her education from a medical office certificate to an actual degree, so she contacted Dyana to let her know about the CfA program. Dyana responded immediately because the program perfectly fit her needs.
What has Dyana Gained from the CfA Program?
“CfA helped me to earn a degree that previously felt out of my reach because of time limitations,” said Dyana. “The online classes made it easy for me to balance my full-time job, assignments, and time with my son without neglecting any of them. The flexibility to finish assignments at my own pace worked well with trying to schedule around the unknown dilemmas of everyday life as a single parent. My first year of the associate’s degree program was offered to me at no charge, so that took the stress off of worrying about large payments or student loans. I could just focus on the work to be done.”
“My family is very proud that I earned my associate’s degree in less than one year and that my achievements will reflect on my son to provide a good role model in his eyes,” said Dyana. “Prior to earning my associate’s degree, my proudest accomplishments were receiving my medical office certificate and getting the job I have now with Brigham and Women’s Hospital’s TIMI Study Group. Now that I have earned my associate’s degree, my career options have broadened, and they will expand even more when I complete my bachelor’s degree. These degrees will present more options for me and improve my quality of life by helping me climb the career ladder.”
Dyana's Future Educational and Career Plans
Dyana’s next goal is to earn her bachelor’s degree in healthcare management. She started working on this degree on February 1, 2015, with Southern New Hampshire University. “Their programs are so affordable, and I’m very excited to get started,” said Dyana. “I plan on staying in the health care field for a long time, because I enjoy it here; the benefits are great; and there is good job security.