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Illinois Work Net Center - Effingham (IECC/LWA23)


Meet Jennifer

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Workforce Challenge

Jennifer enrolled in the WIA Dislocated Worker Services program after being laid off from her job at a commercial bakery. With her current skills, Jennifer knew it would be difficult to find employment in the area.

Workforce Solution

After visiting the Work Net Center and learning about available options, Jennifer decided to train in an occupation that was marketable and that would lead to self-sufficiency. She entered the Massage Therapy program offered at Lake Land College. With this goal in mind, Jennifer was driven to succeed. Although she originally planned to work in a clinic setting, further research showed that most massage therapists were self-employed.

Outcomes & Benefits

Jennifer realized that starting her own business was not only attainable but would allow her to use all aspects of her training and meet her needs. Jennifer worked hard to achieve her goal of becoming a Massage Therapist. She is now an entrepreneur and her business continues to thrive.


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