Career Pathways

Nour's Story

Nour is a college graduate, a nurse, and a mother of five. When she first came to the Institute in 2012, she wouldn’t have believed it. “I always thought that being a nurse was impossible, like I could never do that. I was working with the International Institute, we’d talk about classes and school options: is it even possible? Where do I start?”

Before pursuing a degree at St. Paul College, Nour completed Nursing Assistant Training at the Institute, and started a job at a local nursing home. “As a nursing assistant, I feel like I gained the experience I really needed to make me a better nurse. I was able to work closely with the patients, and  learn things you don’t learn in books.”

“I hope my kids have learned to follow their dreams and never give up. I wanted to open the way for college, because in my family no one had ever gone."

Overcoming obstacles, together

Nour’s journey wasn’t easy. “Being a young bride in an arranged marriage, it was a very hard way to live. I didn’t have the choices or options or belief in myself.” When she first came to the Institute, Nour and her children didn’t have a home. Through it all, her kids have always believed in her. “When my mom says she’s going to do something, she does it,” said her 13 year old son.

Nour would say she didn’t do it alone. “I’ve never really talked to my kids about my journey. It’s more like they’re living it with me. We did it together. When I had clinicals we’d have to get up at 4:30 in the morning so that I could drop them off at school and make it on time.”


A passion for healthcare

"When I was growing up, there wasn't enough access to health care. We didn't have access to clinics or hospitals. My definitely mission one day is to go to other countries to work with women and young girls in health awareness." Nour wanted to become a nurse to support her family with a professional job, but it was more than that too. Not only does her success inspire her children, but it opens doors for her to give back to other people in vulnerable situations.

Nour's story is incredible, but her passion for caregiving and drive to succeed are shared among many Medical Career Pathway students. At a time when Minnesota is facing a shortage of caregivers, New Americans like Nour fill the gap by taking care of the elderly and vulnerable. 



We could tell 4319 stories.

Every New American who walks through our doors has a powerful story. We wish we could introduce you to everyone. Since we can't tell 4319 client stories, here are six that perfectly represent our mission.




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