Shana enrolled in classes at Heartland Community College shortly after seeking services from the Livingston Workforce Services. At the young age of 20 years old, she had her high school diploma but was working for a marginal wage at a local fast food restaurant. She had intentions of becoming a medical assistant, but was unsure of how to go about it. With the help of Workforce Services staff, she completed the Clinical Medical Assistant program at HCC and was soon employed at Dermatology and Mohs Surgical Institute, making $4.00 more per hour than at her previous position.
Jennifer was referred to the Livingston Workforce Services at the age of 19. She was a high school dropout that lived on her own while collecting SNAP benefits. She knew in order to reach her full potential she needed to obtain her GED. After almost 1 year of working towards obtaining her GED, she passed! As a result of her interest in owning her own business, she was placed in a work experience as an office assistant, while enrolling in business college courses. She completed her work experience successfully working until her six month time limit was complete. She eventually obtained full time employment making double her prior wage. She is no longer collecting SNAP benefits.
When Jessica contacted the Livingston Workforce Services seeking services she had been a SNAP recipient for 5 years. She was married but not working and her husband’s wage could not sustain their family. As a result, she enrolled in classes at Illinois Central College in the hopes of becoming an Registered Nurse. She started the nursing program shortly after seeking services but was ineligible for federal financial aid due to maxing out by taking too many credits. Because of this, she was in need of our scholarship in order to continue attending her classes. She progressed well through her program with the help of transportation assistance in order to get to and from the Peoria area for classes. She graduated in May 2017 and passed her RN licensure exam shortly after. She is currently working full time as a Registered Nurse for OSF and, as a result of her gainful employment is no longer collecting SNAP benefits for the first time in over 7 years.