Cynthia Carlson had been laid off from her employer as an in-home health provider. She always had hopes of becoming a registered nurse; but, through life circumstances, was unable to pursue this dream. Being laid off was a devastation to her family as she was the sole financial supporter. She was taking care of her disabled husband as well as other family obligations.
Cynthia had concerns about enrolling in school due to her age and family circumstances. After much encouragement from her WIA case manager she realized that she could achieve her life-long goal of becoming a registered nurse.
Cynthia’s goal as a registered nurse is to work with the geriatric population. While in training Cynthia applied for and was offered a position with Orange County Public Schools as a substitute nurse. Cynthia graduated from Germanna Community College, on December 17, 2013, with an Associate in Applied Science degree in Nursing. She subsequently was licensed as a Registered Nurse (RN) by the Virginia Board of Nursing.
Kevin Warner came to the WIA program as a dislocated worker (receiving unemployment benefits) after separation from his employer of four and a half years. Kevin is a career professional who held the position of Project Manager (PM) in the IT industry with twenty years of experience. Kevin enjoyed his work as a PM and did not want to start over in another occupation but instead build on the success of his past career. He quickly discovered during his job search that employers were looking for potential candidates to have their Project Manager Professional (PMP) certification. After researching what training providers offered PMP certification Kevin selected Global Knowledge. The training was a four day course that required a certification exam upon completion. We then began to work with him on job search and developed a number of approaches on how Kevin was going to achieve his goal. Kevin came up with the idea of becoming a self-employed government contractor. He and a team of former colleagues set out to bid on government contracts. Kevin is now developing web-based forklift training instruction. Kevin has expressed his appreciation for how the WIA Program offered him the opportunity to achieve his career goals.
Heather Jennings came into the Workforce Investment Act (WIA) program, as a displaced worker (DW), after she had been laid off from her job at GEICO where she had been employed for many years. She was devastated when she lost her job because she was a single parent with young adult children who still relied on her for financial support and guidance. Heather was trying to decide what career path to take because she was starting over as an older adult in the workforce, concerned that this may be a factor in finding employment. The Career Scope instrument reflected that Heather has the interest and aptitude to pursue training as a RN. She had mentioned that she always wanted to become a nurse, but felt maybe at this time it was too late for her to pursue. With encouragement she realized that she could pursue her dream and after several meetings she decided to enroll at Germanna Community College. Heather maintained a GPA of 3.86 or higher and graduated December, 2013, with honors. In February of this year she took her licensing exam and in March secured employment with Autumn Care of Madison.
Michelle Davis came into the WIA program, in the adult (AD) category, on October 10, 2013. She is a single mother and was unemployed and needed to acquire some training for employment. The last long term employment she had was with a book store that closed. When she heard about the WIA program through the Orange Workforce Center, she was driven to see if she could get some training in a career that would be in a high demand field and financially better for her family.
Michelle entered the WIA program with a GED that she completed in March, 2013; that was a significant accomplishment after being out of school for many years. She also took the Tests of Adult Basic Education (TABE) assessment twice to be able to move forward with training.
The WIA program was able to offer her Certified Medical Assistant training with Lord Fairfax Community College and she is presently working the mandatory externship with Orange County Free Clinic to complete her training. She will then take the state exam and be ready for employment.
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