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Meet Stephanie

Workforce Challenge

Stephanie was just 23 years old, with a toddler and another child on the way, when she came to the DOL Yankton Local Office to inquire about training opportunities via the Workforce Investment Act (WIA). She was interested in completing her nursing training at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion.

Workforce Solution

Stephanie completed the necessary readiness assessments, scored very well on each, and was soon enrolled in WIA and the university. It was difficult to be a mom, a student and hold down a part-time job, but she didn't give up. She did a total of 10 clinical nursing assignments in Sioux Falls and Yankton, studied hard and worked up to 25 hours a week at the Springfield Prison in Springfield, South Dakota.

Outcomes & Benefits

By the summer of 2010, Stephanie had taken all her university classes and passed her LPN State Boards. Her children are now four and two years old, and she works full time as an LPN at Mike Durfee State Prison at $13.70 per hour. She plans to take the RN State Boards soon.

Even before reaching her LPN goal, Stephanie stopped by the Yankton office to show her appreciation, stating she could have never gone to school if it wasn't for our help. Congratulations, Stephanie!


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