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Meet Amber

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Workforce Challenge

In January, 2009 Amber was laid off from her positions as an LPN at a mental health facility, where she was making $11.00/hour. At that time the only positions available were a few part-time LPN and a large number of RN positions. Amber had always wanted to get her RN, but due to her family's financial status, was unable to afford to continue her education.

Workforce Solution

Amber was told about the WIA Dislocated Worker Training Program during a Rapid Response meeting conducted by Workforce Staff. She qualified for assistance and was enrolled in RN training in January 2009, with the assistance of an Individual Training Account and approved training through Unemployment Insurance. Although she faced challenges raising her son and balancing the family's finances, she continued through school with good grades.

Outcomes & Benefits

In May 2010, Amber completed her RN Degree, passed the state board and got a job as an RN making $19.00 per hour. By September, the family was getting back on track financially, and by February 2011, Amber had received an increase and was making just under $20.00 per hour with full benefits.

Amber said that without the help of the WIA program she would never have been able to reach her goal of becoming a registered nurse. Amber said "I would like to let people know that I would not be where I'm at today with the help of the WIA program. It was a blessing and I encourage everyone I meet who may be in the same situation to check it out."


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