Determination and Tenacity

Patricia Snoddy, HealthCare Academy Spotlight Story

“Life was difficult for me and my boys for a while, but JVS gave me what I needed to lift myself up and find work. My work is much more than a job—it’s my lifeline.”

Until the recession hit, Patricia Snoddy had a solid job. The San Francisco native and mother of three witnessed her office shut down piece by piece when operations—and her job—moved overseas. As a Navy veteran with over 25 years of work experience, Patricia was not worried about finding new employment, but three years passed and she continued to remain without a job.

Determined and motivated, Patricia enrolled in the Office of Economic and Workforce Development’s HealthCare Academy to find a new beginning. Jewish Vocational Services (JVS) provided a strong support system to Patricia as her job coach, advocate and connector. JVS facilitates key training and employment services for participants interested in joining the Health Care industry’s workforce.

After attending an orientation, Patricia applied and participated in a four month long paid internship as an Administrative Assistant at University of California, San Francisco where she not only learned new skills, but built confidence and impressed her colleagues.

A self-professed “slow and steady” learner, Patricia reinvented herself with strong determination and tenacity. Today, she is a proud Administrative Assistant III at Zuckerberg San Francisco General Hospital.