WIOA training helps Zoie transition to a living wage as an RN Story Image

WIOA training helps Zoie transition to a living wage as an RN

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Name: Zoie
Date: 07/18/2019
Pathway: Health Science
Program: WIOA Adult
Location of Service: 62812-1024

Career Specialist Michelle Sanchez reports on her customer. “Zoie was working for Rend Lake College earning minimum wage when she came to Man-Tra-Con for assistance in June 2015. Although her hours varied, she never earned enough to be self-sufficient. She planned to begin the Associate Degree Nursing program in fall 2015, but she needed assistance with tuition, fees, books, supplies, and mileage reimbursement,” Michelle explains.

“While enrolled with Man-Tra-Con, Zoie was able to complete her nursing program. She also obtained her RN license and began working for Southern Illinois Healthcare in Carbondale as a Registered Nurse in July 2017, using her credentials. Zoie now earns $21.68 per hour and loves her job,” Michelle reports. 

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Seasonal employee transitions to a permanent, full-time CMA position

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Name: Julie
Date: 07/18/2019
Pathway: Health Science
Program: WIOA Adult
Location of Service: 62822-1407

Career Specialist Michelle Sanchez reports on her customer. “Julie was a low-income, single mother of two, working part-time as a seasonal employee for a retail store. She did not have the education or work history to obtain full-time, self-sufficient employment. She was, however, enrolled at Rend Lake College’s Certified Medical Assistant AAS Degree when she sought assistance through Man-Tra-Con in October 2016. Julie was eligible for WIOA training assistance and received help with school tuition, fees, supplies, books, and mileage reimbursement.” Michelle explains.

“While enrolled, she was able to complete 36.5 credits and was on the President’s List and the Vice President’s List for her high GPA. Before she could graduate with her associate’s degree, Julie accepted a full-time position as a CMA with Hamilton Memorial Hospital District, earning $13.00 per hour,” Michelle adds. 

 “Julie enjoys hands-on tasks and working with others. With the education and clinical experience obtained through her program, she now works closely with other hospital staff to help patients,” Michelle reports.
 
Julie shares, “Man-Tra-Con made it possible to go to school because I wouldn't have been able to afford it otherwise!”