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Midlands Local Workforce Investment Board - Columbia OneStop

Meet Julia

Workforce Challenge

Julia, a 19 year-old from Columbia, SC, was a participant with the WIA Youth Program. When Julia came to the program, she had a yearly income of about $4,400. She was a single parent and pregnant with her second child. To add even more to her situation, Julia had dropped out of high school when she was in the 11th grade and had been out of school for quite some time. When tested, she was deficient in basic skills and needed remediation before attempting to earn her GED and obtain employment.

Workforce Solution

Once enrolled in the WIA Youth Program, Julia and her case manager developed a step by step plan for her to reach her goals and ultimately, enter into post-secondary education. The first step was to earn her GED. Julia enrolled in GED training with the Lexington and Richland Adult and Community Education Program. Through her dedication to her training, she was able to earn her GED in less than six months. Because she remained committed to improving her skills through GED training, her hard work also paid off in her basic skills assessments. During her six months of training, Julia was able to increase her grade equivalency to 10.5 years.

Outcomes & Benefits

Julia was then put in contact with the USC Trio partner in the Midlands Workforce Center. She was able to receive assistance with applying for financial aid. This allowed her to start school the following semester. Julia enrolled at Midlands Technical College and started classes in May 2010. She is currently working on an associate’s degree in the Respiratory Care Program. Julia expects to graduate in November 2011.

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