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High Country Workforce Development Board

Meet Amanda

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Workforce Challenge

Twenty-eight year old Amanda Bentley was forced to move in with her parents in Burnsville, NC after her second marriage ended abruptly. Though a single parent with no home of her own, no work experience and no income to support herself and her daughter; Amanda knew she wanted to become a nurse but faced many barriers. Having no education beyond high school, she knew that more education was required to support her family. Amanda was determined to become self-sufficient.

Workforce Solution

Amanda enrolled in Mayland Community College’s WIA program as an adult customer in October 2006. Taking advantage of every available resource, Amanda put her education first, even holding a full-time night shift CNA job to get through the nursing program. On her way to take the NCLEX exam, her car’s tie rod broke, making the car impossible to drive. Most students would have given up, but not Amanda. She managed to have her car towed to a mechanic, and found a ride to the exam without even being late!

Outcomes & Benefits

Amanda completed her nursing degree and earned her state license in August 2009, despite numerous setbacks that would have caused many others to give up. She works as a full-time Registered Nurse at High Point Regional Hospital in the post-surgical unit, earning $21.00 an hour. Amanda hopes to begin studies for a bachelor’s degree in the Fall 2010 semester.

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