Friday, May 4, 2012

Taking the first step to a brighter future


A LOVE FOR LEARNING:Maenpaa, left, and Drayton


Twenty years ago Winifred Drayton never would have imagined that she’d not only be a college graduate but also would have her master’s degree. It took years – and an abundance of energy and patience – but the experience is one the audit supervisor in MGH Health Information Services says has been life-changing. “You have to take the initiative to get opportunities, but once I did, they became real to me. I’m a living testimonial that, if you are willing and committed, you can take your first steps to success.”

Drayton shared her experiences during the April 19 MGH Training and Workforce Development Office’s “Taking the First Step” workshop, part of its annual “Steps to Success” series.  Addressing the standing-room-only crowd, Drayton and Janice Maenpaa, RN, a staff nurse in Pediatrics on Ellison 17, described how the workforce development and tuition assistance programs have helped advance their careers at the MGH. “Everybody wants to be proactive in being the best they can possibly be,” said Maenpaa, who started her career at the MGH as a nursing assistant and is now working toward her master’s degree. “Mass General wants the same thing, and they can help you be the best you can possibly be.”

The session outlined some of the numerous career advancement options available to MGH staff – including college preparation and funding options, on-the-job training, project management courses and self-assessment tools to help outline future goals. “Our programs aren’t just about going to college,” said Leslie Rivera, training program coordinator. “It’s about learning and knowing how to take that next step in terms of career growth.”

The “Steps to Success” series continues with the annual MGH College Fair May 17 from noon to 3 pm in the Bulfinch Tent. Representatives from more than 20 area schools will be available to discuss course offerings and degree programs.

For more information about the MGH Training and Workforce Development Office, call 617-726-2230.

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