NIKKI DYER works as an RN in the Pittsburgh Job Corps Wellness Department.
by Matthew Sior
Nikki Dyer, originally of Pittsburgh’s Hill District, has been named as the Pittsburgh Job Corps Staff Member of the Year. Dyer has been with the Job Corps program in several capacities for the past 20 years and truly represents the Job Corps mission of professional growth and success.
Dyer’s time with Job Corps began as a student enrolled in Pittsburgh Job Corps Off-Center Training Program in 1992. She completed her associates degree at CCAC in 1994.
She was hired by the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center in 1999 as a Recreation Specialist and continued in that capacity until 2009. During this time Dyer completed an associates degree in education and also obtained her Registered Nursing degree. She worked full-time while she continued her studies at CCAC.
After receiving her newly acquired credentials, she was hired as a Health Occupations Instructor for the center’s Certified Nursing Assistant Program. She served in this role until she received a position as a Registered Nurse in the center’s Health & Wellness Department. Today her basic duties include assisting Job Corps students with health care needs, processing new trainees into the program while assessing health needs and concerns, administering and educating about medications and immunizations, and developing new health initiatives on center through exercise classes and flu vaccination clinics.
Greatly respected among students and staff as, “Ms. Nikki” has utilized the opportunities by the Job Corps program to the fullest.
“Having the chance to interact with students while positively impacting their own expectations helps them to achieve more than they ever believed possible,” she said. “This is the most rewarding part of my work.” She also reminds trainees that, “You will become what you choose to become based on the choices you make daily.”
Dyer is currently pursuing her Bachelors of Science in Nursing from California University, while continuing to work fulltime at the Pittsburgh Job Corps Center. She provides an excellent example of the success young people can gain from the Job Corps program.
Job Corps is operated by the US Department of Labor. With 125 centers around the country, each center offers education and vocation programs which specifically support regional labor trends. Pittsburgh Job Corps has an enrollment capacity of 850 students, providing training in the Construction, Culinary Arts and Healthcare fields, in addition to college education opportunities through partnerships with Community College of Allegheny County and Butler County Community College. These programs equip graduates with the education, training and hands-on experiences to prepare them for an entry-level position in their field.
“We are so proud of Ms. Nikki—we are lucky to have her as part of our team,” said Taleb, Center Director of the Pittsburgh Job Corps.
For more information about PJCC, please call 412-441-8779.