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Arkansas Workforce Center - Mountain Home

Meet Rhonda

Workforce Challenge

Rhonda had been laid off from her previous job and was already struggling financially, being a single parent and attending RN classes to try to change careers. She was in her final year of RN school and her hopes were fading. Rhonda wanted to set a good example for her son and quitting her dream to live from paycheck to paycheck was not the answer.

Workforce Solution

Rhonda was approved for the WIA scholarship for tuition assistance. She was then able to budget out her Pell grant for living expenses and be a mother at home for her son while in training. The WIA scholarship also paid for the expensive fees involved in becoming a licensed RN. She used the resource area at the Workforce Center to print off the required notes for class, saving her expensive printing costs.

Outcomes & Benefits

Rhonda finished her training, passed the NCLEX and now is employed in surgery at Baxter Regional Medical Center. Rhonda says, “I don’t think I could have made it through the RN program if it hadn’t been for the help of the WIA program. The program was easy to sign up for, I had a great caseworker and now I have a bright future as a RN. It is a good feeling to know that I am working in a highly coveted and in-demand field. I cannot say enough great things about this program.”

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