Inspirational Story of Texas Covenant Education's Founder
Who Helped Turn Dreams into Reality
|At the urging of our former students, we have included a summary of the how the school started and a biography of its original director and founder, Eloise L. Morales.
Eloise L. Morales was born September 25, 1957. Her desire, as a very young girl, was to become a nurse when she grew up. In 1973, her dream was shattered when she received the news that she was pregnant at the age of 15. At this point, she felt her only alternative was to drop out of high school and plan to provide for this child about to come into her life. Eloise often wondered about her life to be. Would it be good, would it be bad, would she succeed or would she fail. She was constantly told that as a "pregnant, Hispanic dropout, you will be on welfare and food stamps for the rest of your life." And indeed, she was on welfare and food stamps; however; this did not stop Eloise from dreaming and aspiring to better her life.
Still having that dream to one day become a nurse, she decided to become a nurse assistant. She would work with nurses, help the nurse do the nurses work, and be part of the nursing team. Little did she know that this would serve as an invaluable experience in her future. Life was not easy for Eloise, nor did she make it easier for herself. Eventually having 5 children and becoming divorced and single, working as a nurse assistant, and still receiving government assistance, she did the unimaginable. She took a leap of faith and went to nursing school. This did not come easy for Eloise, nor was it easy for anyone else. It took her twice as long, cost twice as much but was also doubly rewarded when she walked the stage to receive her degree as a registered nurse.
"If I Can Do It,Then You Can Do It. You Really Can Do It!"
Eloise L. Morales
You could always find Eloise encouraging someone with her words and with her life.
Eloise went on to become an emergency room nurse and was one of the highest paid nurses in that ER. She would be an inspiration to others who would be facing hard times and challenges and would often say, "If I could do it, you can do it" or as our school motto goes, "You Really Can Do It!" She never forgot where she started, a Hispanic, pregnant, high school dropout, on welfare and food stamps and with no future in sight. But, here she was, the exact opposite.
Sharing Her Dream
All her sons, at her request, would also become nurse assistants. One is now in the home improvement business, the second is a realtor. A third son is currently working and making a living as a nurse aide and owns his own party rental business and as of 2010 is the Director of Emergency Education to TCE,inc. Her oldest went on to become a nurse and has been one for over 15 years and also owns his own business, Crime Scene Cleaners and is the Regional Director for TCE, inc. Her daughter decided to stay home and care for her special needs child.
Dreams can and do happen, but so does life. In 2001, Eloise was in an almost life-taking car accident and was rushed to the very emergency room that she worked in. During her examination, an abnormality was discovered, and she was sent for further testing. She was diagnosed with renal cancer and given 6 months to live. Eloise always knew she had more time than 6 months, in fact she felt she would live to be an "old woman sitting in a rocking chair on her wrap-around porch." However, the diagnosis was a wake up call, and she had yet another dream that she needed to fulfill.
That dream was to give back to those who helped her while she went through life and its obstacles. She had a special place in her heart for teenage Hispanic mothers, but she did not know how to give back. Then her older sister, who was also a nurse in Colorado, came to visit and told her about her school back home. "That's it!" Eloise said, "I will open a low tuition nurse aide school to give anyone the same start I had. All they needed was a foothold, and the rest is up to them to continue." She remembered how costly and timely it was for her to attend school. She insisted that her school would be time efficient and cost effective, and if any student needed tutoring, it would be free and if any student failed they would re-enroll at no charge. Tuition would be so low that it could be paid for out of pocket, and it would include everything the student needed to begin their career. "One price, one location." Eloise did not want to inconvenience the student; she wanted everything to be provided to the student at the school. We would assist with resume writing and have job placement assistance. "This is how I will give back," she would often say.
But who would she get to help her in this endeavor. Well, the very people that were always with her during the lowest and finest hours. Those same people who understood and carried the same mission and vision she had, her children, who by the way were no longer children but grown adults. Eloise along with 3 of her sons would become the founders of Texas Covenant Education, Inc. (Formerly known as Academy Of Nurses Assistant in San Antonio).
In July of 2005, Texas Covenant Education, Inc. enrolled its first and only student who was politely asked if he could wait until August when we had more students, and he did. And, in August, we did have more students, not much more, just a couple more. Then in July of 2006, we again, had to ask one student to come back in August, but this time it because our class was full to capacity. Another dream had come true. Many lives have been touched by Eloise Morales, and she has helped others make their dreams come true. Many are now nurses living their happy full lives.
The founders of Texas Covenant Education, Inc. are Eloise L. Morales and 3 of her sons starting from the youngest Chesarae "Chez" Garza, Lee Osteguin, and her oldest child Juan R. Osteguin III. In April of 2008, Eloise L. Morales lost her battle with cancer. She had taken a 6-month prognosis in 2001 but lived over 6 years making dreams come true.
But, it is still not over. Her son Juan R. Osteguin stayed and is now the Regional Director and owner of Texas Covenant Education, Inc. and her legacy lives on.
Contact us at Texas Covenant Education in Austin, Texas, for information
regarding our heath career training courses.
In Loving Memory of Eloise L. Morales
Our Mother, Our Mentor,
Our Dream Catcher
"My staff and I invite you to visit our campus and let us help you make your dreams come true. Because here at Texas Covenant Education, "You Really Can Do It!"
-Juan R. Osteguin III, L.V.N./Director
Texas Covenant Education will be recognized as a premier allied health vocational institution whose students meet the dynamic employment needs of the global community.
Texas Covenant Education mission is to provide Texans with high quality, affordable, accessible and inclusive vocational education which culminates in gainful employment.
Partnerships with school districts, local colleges, business and industry, and the community at large as part of our seamless system of employment oriented learning which creates pathways to success through:
• Workforce and customized training
• Certificate and Licensure programs
• Refresher and continuing education
• Support services for the enhancement of student learning and success
Texas Covenant Education is an entrepreneurial-learning community whose member’s value:
• Students as full partners in their learning
• Teamwork, collaboration, and interactive learning
• Mutual respect, inclusiveness and open communication
• High standards of professional ethics and individual integrity
• Diversity and accessibility
• Quality customer service, excellence, accountability, and responsibility
• Fun and enjoyment
Approved by the Texas Covenant Education, Board of Directors
September 17, 2008
- Medication Aide
- Basic EKG Interpretation
- Pharmacy Technician
- Dialysis Technician
- Spanish Nurse Aide
Grievance Policy & Procedure
- The school has a certificate of approval from TWC to operate a career school or college in the State of Texas (S2441)
- The school’s programs are approved by TWC.
- Students must address their concerns about the school or an educational program by following the grievance process outlined in the school’s catalog;
- Students dissatisfied with the school’s response to their compliant can file a formal complaint with TWC, and
- Information in filing a complaint with TWC can be found on the Careers Schools and Colleges Webiste at http://csc.twc.state.tx.us/.
Note: While students are expected to first use their school’s complaint procedures before filing a complaint with TWC, TWC will respond to any student complaint it receives, and will require speedy response and resolution by the school, including a possible refund to the complaint.
Furthermore:The above mentioned process can be utilized for any school or program approved by TWC in the State of Texas
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