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Lumber River Workforce Development Board


Meet Paige

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Workforce Challenge

Paige dropped out of high school in the 11th grade at the age of 16 due to excessive absences and defiant behavior. After several months, she realized that she would have no promising future without an education. Determined to have a better life, she decided to return to school. With the help of WIA, she enrolled in the Basic Skills Program at Bladen Community College.

Workforce Solution

During her enrollment in WIA, Paige became a parent. This proved to be a defining moment in her life that forced her to put things into perspective, so she continued attending classes and received her Adult High School Diploma in May 2008. With a child to support, Paige enrolled into the Nursing Program at Bladen Community College. While enrolled, she secured employment as an administrative assistant. In addition to working and parenting, she spent countless hours studying and participating in leadership activities in the WIA Youth Program, which helped to enhance her interpersonal growth and development.

Outcomes & Benefits

On May 11, 2011, Paige earned an Associate Degree in Nursing. After passing the NC Nurse Licensing Examination, she immediately began job searching. Her determination paid off, when Bladen County Hospital hired her as a Registered Nurse at $22 per hour with benefits. Paige has plans of continuing her education to receive her Master of Science in Nursing Degree, with a long term goal of becoming a Family Nurse Practitioner. Paige is an excellent example of how WIA funds can help someone find success. Congratulations, Paige!


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