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Meet Hal

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Workforce Challenge

Henry “Hal” Horton worked for a commercial printing company for approximately 15 years. As work became slower, and the danger of plant closure became real, Hal started thinking about entering the medical field. Then, when his father became gravely ill and required 24 hour care, Hal quit his job to take care of his father during the last few months of his life. It was during this time that Hal became certain that he would like to work in health care.

Workforce Solution

In January of 2007, Hal went back to college and started working on prerequisite classes for the Associate Degree Nursing (RN) program. In the fall of 2008, Hal was accepted into the nursing program. Unfortunately, he had too many hours and was unable to receive federal financial aid. Hal came to the Corinth WIN Job Center and applied for WIA assistance. WIA helped Hal pay for necessary training costs such as tuition, books, required supplies, and transportation costs.

Outcomes & Benefits

Hal graduated with an Associate Degree in Nursing in May of 2010. He finished with a grade point average of 3.73, and even was inducted into the Northeast Community College Hall of Fame. After graduating and passing his boards, Hal went to work at Northeast Mississippi Medical Center in the surgery department. After much hard work and effort, Hal is now living his dream of working as a registered nurse.

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