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Photo submitted John Norris awards an educational scholarship to Horizons employee Joe Kersen.

Volunteers of America National Services Foundation and Horizons Care Center announce that current employee, Joe Kersen, LPN, has received an educational scholarship for 2016-2017.

The purpose of the educational scholarship is to support and encourage employees to pursue learning opportunities through education and training, as this is a core value and a strategic imperative within the non-profit organization.

Kersen is studying for a bachelor's in nursing and will graduate in the fall of 2018.

"The ultimate goal is to positively impact as many people as possible," he said. "I get to work with a great team. Every employee, in every department, plays an important part in the care of residents at Horizons. Having the support of management and the dedication and loyalty of my fellow nurses and CNAs enables me to play an absolutely vital role in the lives of my patients and their families."

"Joe came to Horizons three years ago as a new licensed practical nurse. He had no prior experience in the field and this was a complete career change from his previous background," said Tammy Blanchette, human resources manager.

"Joe is a quick study and he soon became one of the 'go to' nurses for the team. He is a shining example of how Volunteers of America likes to see employees advance in their fields of interest, and he is living proof that hard work pays off," Blanchette said. "We can't wait to follow Joe's next goal of obtaining an RN license and will do what we can to support that goal."

To qualify for a scholarship, the employee must be employed for no less than six months, be in good standing, possess a satisfactory performance review and the education assistance requested must be work related.

The yearly scholarship awards range from up to $2,500 for training in fields including accounting, leadership or supervisory, social services, computer training and other specialties and up to $5,000 for clinical or therapy education.

All awards can be used for tuition and books related to the education or training. Applicants must complete a detailed application packet and be recommended by a supervisor and one other employee.

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