Eight years ago, Leroy Grant struggled to find employment, but discovered Bon Secours Virginia Health System with help from the Salvation Army. What Leroy didn’t know was that his new boss, Wes Thiss, was about to awaken an unrealized potential in him. “Wes saw potential in me that I didn’t see in myself,” Leroy said. “You may know you have potential, but you need someone to pull it out of you.”
The following year Leroy participated in the School at Work (SAW) program, graduating as valedictorian of his class. Today, Leroy is a patient care tech working full time and attending nursing school. He credits SAW with giving him the confidence to take advantage of advancement opportunities at Bon Secours Virginia Health System – including classes in budgeting, tuition reimbursement and career advancement.
“Because of School at Work, I scored so high on my entrance exams that my college eliminated some of my prerequisites,” Leroy said. “School at Work boosted my confidence. I really feel like I can do anything.”
"Dream Achievers!" awards recognize professional and personal accomplishments in the health care industry. The awards are part of a nationwide contest sponsored by Catalyst Learning. Catalyst Learning is a leader in healthcare workforce development with an emphasis on strengthening the front-line workers employed in entry- and mid-level positions.
Employers nominate employees for the “Dream Achievers!” award based on an employee’s continuing efforts towards professional education and career achievement, as well as serving as an inspiration to coworkers and members of the community. Nominees were selected through an online voting process hosted by Catalyst Learning.