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Meet Katina

Workforce Challenge

Katina Bell always knew that she wanted to be a nurse; however, as a high school dropout, she also knew that she would never achieve this dream unless she obtained further education. She was eventually guided by a friend through the General Equivalency Diploma process and received her GED in April 2006.

Workforce Solution

She was accepted to the Associate Degree Nursing program at Mississippi Delta Community College in August 2007 and visited the Greenwood WIN Job Center to inquire about WIA assistance. She was eligible for and received funding during her final three semesters.

Kimberley maintained monthly contact with her job counselor to ensure that she continued her studies in the Associate Degree Nursing program. Her counselor reminded her each month that she was closer to reaching her goal than she was the month before.

Outcomes & Benefits

In May 2009, Katina completed her degree with an overall GPA of 3.012, passed state boards and began work as a registered nurse in 2009. In March 2010, she received the distinguished honor of being named the “Nurse Rookie of the Year” by the Mississippi Nurses Association. Presently, she is planning to further her studies by obtaining a Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.


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