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Southcentral MS Works LWIA

Meet Berdean

Workforce Challenge

Berdean was 50 years old and worked as a dishwasher at a restaurant in Simpson County, MS. When she visited the SouthCentral MississippiWorks location, she brought a letter explaining her goals:

"To Whom It May Concern: I am applying for this assistance so that I may be able to work in the Healthcare field. It has always been my dream to care for others. Now that my children are grown, I have time to achieve my dreams. I am not able to pay for it out of my pocket. If I was able I would. I’m looking for a chance to improve myself and also further my education."

"I would like to be able to take care of others who are unable to take care of themselves. If I’m granted this assistance, my goals are to work in a nursing home or hospital. Whichever field I choose I plan to apply myself 110%. I understand that in this field I may be required to work long hours and weekends. I understand that the pay rate for this job is like all others. It’s all in what you make of it. In knowing all these things if I am granted this, it would be a great reward for me. I also plan to further my education in this field. I hope to apply to a nursing school. I pray that God will answer my prayers to get in these classes.”

Workforce Solution

Berdean's sincere communication of her goal helped her receive WIA funding, and she was enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program at Copiah-Lincoln Community College's Simpson County campus.

Outcomes & Benefits

Berdean Rhodes of Braxton, MS, received her CNA license in April 2010. She became employed with Total Health Care in Magee, MS, where she now has achieved her goal of working in the healthcare field and taking care of others.

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