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Name: Cassie
Date: 07/22/2015
Pathway: Health Science
Program: Dislocated Worker/Trade Adjustment Act Services
Location of Service: 62966-1732
Cassie Bramlett was laid off from Heartland Bakery in December of 2011 due to a plant closure. She worked full time as a Customer Service Representative at Heartland Bakery in Du Quoin, IL, making $13.26 an hour. Cassie initially contacted me to begin the application process and assistance with applying for school after she attended one of our Rapid Response meetings. She knew that she wanted to go into the medical field and after much thought she decided to test for the Practical Nursing Certificate Program at John A. Logan College. She was accepted into the Practical Nursing Program Fall 2013, She was ecstatic about beginning her new path and was a little nervous with juggling school and being a single mom along with the demands of the nursing program. Cassie graduated July 31, 2014, and states that she couldn't have accomplished any of it without her great support system of family and friends. Cassie states that so much happened in her life to get her off track, but in the end, she was more determined than ever to achieve her goal of being a Licensed Practical Nurse. Only a couple months after graduating, Cassie was hired at Harrisburg Medical Center as a full-time LPN.
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Name: Angela
Date: 07/22/2015
Pathway: Human Services
Program: Dislocated Worker/Trade Adjustment Act Services
Location of Service: 60653-2525
Angela Ali worked for Novartis Pharmaceuticals as a Senior Sales Consultant from 2003 - 2010 before losing her employment due to trade impact. Upon visiting the Chicago Workforce Center at the Pilsen office to receive services as a dislocated worker, Angela realized she could qualify for trade services. She filled out the petition application with the assistance of the Office Manager and was approved through the Department of Labor. Prior to enrolling in the program, Angela's education history included a Master of Arts in Marriage and Family Therapy and a Bachelor's Degree in Finance. She also received a Leadership Development certificate in 1997. With Angela's extensive educational background, and the 20+ years of experience in teaching, the next step towards her career was to enroll in a PhD program. Angela was approved for training in 2012. She has successfully completed her training in August of 2014 and has received the official title of Doctor of Philosophy in Psychology with a specialization in Industrial/Organizational Psychology. Although Angela hasn’t obtained permanent employment yet, she remains active and engaged in securing employment in her new field. She has made multiple connections and continues to network. She has met with the Vice President of a prominent non-profit agency in Chicago and is confident towards obtaining employment very soon. Angela is extremely grateful towards all the opportunities she has received as a result of the Trade program in Illinois.