During Career and Technical Education Month in February, the New Jersey Council on County Vocational Technical Schools is highlighting successful graduates of the county’s 21 vocational technical schools.
Nina Solis graduated from the Medical Arts Academy at Camden County Technical Schools in 2014. She went on to earn her bachelor’s degree in nursing from the University of Pennsylvania in 2018.
She works as a hemotology/oncology nurse at Penn Medicine and has been working recently as a COVID-19 nurse.
“During my time in the Medical Arts Academy at CCTS, I gained first-hand experience working in hospitals and long term care facilities, and got a head start in common nursing subjects like anatomy and physiology,” Solis said.
As a first generation college student, Solis said she often felt worried about her ability to achieve in higher education.
“But having the chance to immerse myself in my desired field before even starting my first day of college gave me the confidence boost I truly needed,” Solis said. “I was able to dive into my studies with a baseline understanding of the subject topics and felt comfortable interacting with patients during my first clinical rotations. Overall, attending CCTS made a huge impact on my career trajectory and helped me solidify my decision to pursue nursing.”