Career Specialist Michelle Sanchez reports on her customer. “Joseph visited Man-Tra-Con for assistance in September 2016. He was a low-income individual in a family of five receiving food stamps. He had been working at Herrin Hospital as a CNA, but was not earning enough money to surpass low-income guidelines,” Michelle explains.
“Joseph needed additional training to reach his career goals and earn a better wage. Joseph enrolled at Rend Lake College in Ina, Illinois, to earn an Associate Degree in Nursing (ADN). He only had 1.5 semesters left to complete when he began receiving Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) services. Joseph received WIOA training assistance with supportive services for the remainder of the fall 2016 semester and the following spring 2017 semester. He also received tuition and fee assistance for his final semester, and was able to complete the ADN program successfully,” Michelle reports.
“After graduating in May 2017, Joseph went on to pass his board exams receiving his license to work as a Registered Nurse (RN) in July 2017. He began working almost immediately for Southern Illinois Healthcare as an RN, earning $21.68 per hour. Joseph is very content with his new job as an RN — putting in IVs, giving medication, and taking care of patients,” Michelle adds.