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Centralina Workforce Development Board


Meet Melissa

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Workforce Challenge

Melissa Marlow enrolled in the Centralina Workforce Development Board-sponsored Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth program at I-CARE, Inc. in Statesville (Iredell County). With no income, no home and no transportation, her future appeared to be anything but bright. With encouragement from her youth development specialist and other caring adults on I-CARE’s staff, Melissa felt empowered to take control of her own destiny.

Workforce Solution

With encouragement from her youth development specialist and other caring adults on I-CARE’s staff, Melissa felt empowered to take control of her own destiny. After only four weeks in the program, Melissa earned her GED. Three weeks after that she earned a Silver Career Readiness Certification. But she didn’t stop there! She enrolled in a ten week course at Mitchell Community College and earned her Intro to Healthcare Certificate and a Pharmacy Technician Certificate.

Melissa earned her first work experience as a receptionist with the Statesville Red Cross. After weeks of satisfactory performance on the job, her responsibilities quickly increased, and she eventually began coordinating blood drives across Iredell County.

Outcomes & Benefits

Thanks to the WIA program, Melissa was also able to take part in a limited internship position with a local pharmacy. Even after facing a second stint of homelessness, moving from shelter to shelter, Melissa has remained focused on her goals. She is a go-getter who has blossomed since becoming a participant in the WIA program. She is preparing to take the ACT in the near future, after which she will apply for admission to Wingate University. Melissa is pursuing a career in healthcare.

Melissa’s leadership has led to her having the opportunity to speak at the Centralina Workforce Development Board Youth Council’s Second Annual Youth Services Summit. As a panelist at the Summit, Melissa freely discussed many of the barriers facing today’s youth as they relate to education, employability and stability. Melissa remains very active in the WIA program serving as a peer tutor in the GED classes and participating in all leadership and service activities as she can. The Centralina Workforce Development Board and the Centralina Youth Council applaud Melissa for all of her reached goals and the ones yet to be accomplished. The Board and the Council are proud of all of the youth it serves that aim high and are successful in their dreams!


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