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Illinois workNet Center of Northern Cook County

Meet Connie

Workforce Challenge

Connie had worked as a Machine Operator at a local electronic parts manufacturer from 1997 to 2008 when she received a notice of layoff. Along with being unemployed and unable to find another job, Connie’s husband had recently passed away after a long battle with cancer. She came to the Illinois workNet Center for assistance.

Workforce Solution

Because of the nature of the layoff, Connie was eligible for Trade Adjustment Assistance funding to help her obtain training for a new job. Connie met with her TAA Career Advisor at the Center and discussed her options. Since Connie had spent a lot of time taking care of her husband, she felt she would enjoy working as a nursing assistant, and decided to pursue training in the health care industry.

Since Connie did not have a high school diploma, she first worked hard to improve her English skills and obtain her GED through the Continuing Education Department at Harper College. In May 2010, she was able to start the Patient Care Technician Program at Solex College.

Outcomes & Benefits

In August 2010, Connie passed the C.N.A. state exam and obtained her license. She secured a part-time position at Little Sisters of the Poor Nursing Home in October 2010. Since that time, Connie has found two additional part-time jobs working as a C.N.A., and is now working full-time hours between her three jobs. Connie is very happy to be back in the workforce doing something that she enjoys.

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