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Zepf Center News


Published Monday, June 15, 2020

While the COVID-19 pandemic has sidelined career plans for many professionals in our area, individuals enrolled at Northwest Ohio’s Pathway to Healthcare Careers (HPOG) are experiencing success.


The program is funded by the United States Department of Health and Human Services and is administered by Zepf Center. The aim of the program is to empower low income individuals to obtain education and training needed for the healthcare field. One such individual, Donzelle Wyatt, recently shared his story with Zepf Center CEO, Deb Flores. Deb states, “Donzelle is one of the many talented and dedicated individuals who when given the opportunity offered through our HPOG program, has achieved a level of success that is truly inspiring. Beyond making his mother proud, Donzelle makes our community proud to have another graduate beginning his career serving in the critically needed healthcare nursing profession.”


Mr. Wyatt enrolled in the program in 2017 and just completed his practical nursing program in May, 2020 – during the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. According to Mr. Wyatt, his journey was “long and bumpy, but beyond worth it.” Motivated by his desire to be something and make his mother proud, Mr. Wyatt enrolled in the Medical Assistant program at Professional Skills Institute in 2017. Following completion of the Medical Assistant program, he pursued the Institute’s Practical Nursing tract. During his training, Donzelle relied on a strong network for encouragement and support, including his HPOG Education Success Coach, Tiffany Lewis.  Donzelle shares, “There are many people in this world who genuinely want to help you and see you succeed in life.” He is currently preparing to take his National Council Licensure Examination (NCLEX) and obtain his nursing license.


Participants enrolled in the program have access to community success coaching, education success coaching, basic skill development, job retention, employment soft skills, job placement assistance, and supportive services. To be considered for the program, individuals must be a resident of Lucas County, pass an FBI background check and meet income guidelines. For more information on the program or to apply, please call 419-213-6388 or email NOPHC@zepfcenter.org.


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