Marie Cayo began working at the MGH in August 2011, as a patient care associate in the GI Endoscopy Unit. She came to the United States in 2001 as a native of Haiti. Education and professional development have always been goals for Cayo, and after she received her GED she knew she wanted to continue that path. 

“When I started at MGH,” says Cayo, “I sang,  ‘ALLELUIA! I found the way to go to college.’” During orientation, Cayo saw a flyer about a pre-college class, but with her schedule the timing wasn’t right.  A year later, with the support of her manager Jean Price, Cayo was able to adjust her schedule and participate in the Academic and Career Coaching programs. Through hard work she completed the MGH Pre College Reading and Writing and Pre College Math, and her goal to attend in college was within reach.

Cayo enrolled in Bunker Hill Community College in its Office Management Certificate program in the fall of 2013, and now is currently in her last semester. To help with the cost of the program, Cayo applied for and received the Support Service Employee Grant in 2013 and continued to receive the award after applying in following years. She hopes next to enroll in an associates program. “Take all the opportunities you can get,” Cayo says.
“It’s never too late.”

Applications for the 2017 MGH Support Service Employee Grant are being accepted through May 11 at 5 p.m. The grant is available to eligible non-exempt employees in administrative, clinical, service or technical support roles. For information about the grant,the Tuition Assistance program, upcoming financial aid workshops or the annual education fair, visit the MGH Training and Workforce Development website or email

Read more articles from the 04/28/17 Hotline issue.