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Meet Kelsi

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Kelsi began with the WIA Grant in 2011 as a junior in high school. The daughter of a single mother, Kelsi spent most of her time with her grandmother. Throughout her time in the program, WIA helped Kelsi with various services, including helping her obtain her driver's license, which was important for her ability to work. Toward the end of her junior year, Kelsi volunteered to earn stipends at the Office of Instruction at Alpena Public Schools (APS).

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When the grant year ended, she continued with APS in a work experience. She was very successful there and they even took her back on during Christmas vacation of her senior year. Kelsi was also very interested in business and was able to attend the DECA conference with assistance from WIA. She did tutoring through WIA to earn money toward the conferences and later did volunteering at the radio station to receive stipends for her help. At the end of her senior year, Kelsi exited the WIA program. During follow-up, Kelsi kept her WIOA Grant Case Manager updated on her grades and activities at SVSU. She did exceptionally well in her classes. At the end of follow-up, Kelsi was concerned about being able to afford to return to SVSU.

Outcomes & Benefits

So her case manager put her back on the grant, and she was hired back at APS for the summer. Her sophomore year at SVSU was just as successful as previous school years, and she obtained an internship (and later a job) at Dow Chemical. She continues to work at Dow today, full time during this summer while taking a class during each term. Kelsi switched her major from business to computer science, minoring in engineering and cyber security. Her employment at Dow is on the cyber-security team.


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