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Meet Mr. Tate

Workforce Challenge

Sammie Tate worked for many years in the construction industry. Mr. Tate always dreamed of a career in which he could directly impact the lives of others in a positive way. However, he put those dreams on hold years ago in order to provide for his family. When the construction industry was impacted by the economy and all seemed dark with no hope, Sammie remembered his lifelong dream and decided to take a chance.

Workforce Solution

He inquired at the Jackson WIN Job Center about receiving assistance to receive training to become a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA), and was awarded a WIA scholarship to attend the CNA Training Center where he successfully completed his training.

During the graduation ceremony at the CNA Training Center, Mr. Tate was asked to speak to encourage his fellow classmates. He encouraged them to dream big, work hard, and never give up. He thanked the staff for their diligence and hard work in making all the graduating class’s dreams come true.

Outcomes & Benefits

Mr. Tate now works for a local hospital where he cares for 10 extended-care patients each day. He is a respected member of the hospital team, loved by his patients, and proud of himself. When asked about his journey from construction to CNA, Mr. Tate quickly responded, “The great team of Cory Hanna, Donna Hollis, and Mrs. Whatley really go to work for you. They even came to my graduation! I will tell everyone that asks me about the WIA process: IT WORKS!”


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