Everett resident Le Dena Pilet received her graduation certificate from the YMCA Training Inc. program during an impressive graduation luncheon and ceremony held on July 29 at the Omni Parker House.
YMCA Training Inc. provides access to employment that offers family-supporting wages and benefits to unemployed and underemployed adults. The program, part of the YMCA of Greater Boston, has more than 4,000 graduates in its 28-year existence.
As part of the training program, Pilet specialized in medical office support and worked in an internship at Children’s Hospital, Boston. She is now employed at Children’s Hospital as a lab technician.
During her remarks at the luncheon, Pilet said, “I want to thank all of our special guests, mentors, partners, the Training Inc. team, and the YMCA for making this all happen for us today.
“I would also like to thank Minda Sumera, my supervisor at Children’s Hospital, for giving me the opportunity to continue to demonstrate my new skills after interning at Children’s and to work on the phlebotomy and lab processing technician team now,” said Pilet.
Following the birth of her child, Pilet said she needed to gain employment skills so she could provide for her new family.
“Luckily for me, I was able to come to YMCA Training Inc. and it paid off immensely, Not only have I been able to pursue my goal of working in the medical field, but I’ve also come across many extremely hard working people, both trainees and staff, who have inspired me to be the person I’ve always dreamed of being. Today I am that role model for my son.”
In separate speeches at the luncheon, Vivian Leonard, chair of the YMCA Training Inc. Partners Council, Anne Myerson, director of YMCA Training Inc., Elsa Bengel, executive director of YMCA Training Inc., and Kevin Washington, president and CEO of YMCA of Greater Boston, offered their congratulations to Pilet and the other graduates of the ninetieth cycle of the highly acclaimed training program.