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Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board

Meet Catherine

Workforce Challenge

Catherine moved to Oklahoma in 2005 from California seeking to make a better life for herself and her daughter. Catherine was a single parent who loved children which inspired her to pursue a degree in Child Development with the goal of owning her own day care facility one day. Catherine decided to enroll at Langston University and major in Child Development but needed financial help with tuition, fees and books.

Workforce Solution

In May 2008, Catherine learned about the Workforce Investment Act program from some friends at Langston University. She came in the office to see if she would qualify. After taking all the required assessments and filling out all required documents it was determined that she indeed was eligible for the program. Catherine qualified as a low income single individual living on loans and food stamps. Catherine qualified for an ITA for $10,000.00 to cover 24 months of education expenses. Catherine also worked evenings and weekends doing hair.

Outcomes & Benefits

On May 14, 2010 Catherine received her Degree in Child Development from Langston University and is now employed by the Langston University Child Development Center as a Master Teacher. She loves her job. She wants to thank the Workforce Investment Board for giving her the chance to pursue her life long dream.

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