Penny Cheruk believes working at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga is about being a part of something bigger than herself.
Cheruk is a child training assistant at UTC’s Children’s Center. She began working at the center in 2002 and left on family medical leave in 2008. While on leave, she decided to return to school to become a certified nursing assistant.
After receiving her certification and beginning her work as a nursing professional, she realized there was a lack of support in the private sector. This was different from the support she had received while in a university setting.
“At UT, there is always someone you can search out to help you or to offer you assistance,” Cheruk said. “It’s like a family.”
In her time away from UT, Cheruk missed being part of a larger community.
“You’re part of something bigger than yourself. Your job is within the department. The department is within the University and then the University is a part of the greater community,” Cheruk said. “At UT, what you do affects many people. You know you’re making a difference.”