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Columbus County JobLink Career Center

Meet Bridget

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Workforce Challenge

Bridget Bryant is a single, 21-year-old who is raising her
daughter, age 3, and her brother, age 5. When Bryant entered the Columbus County JobLink Career Center, she was interested in finding employment and continuing her education. She had been living with her boyfriend, who provided income for the family while she stayed home to take care of the children. After separating from her boyfriend, Bryant was left with no income and no means of supporting herself. Her only work experience was as a fast food cashier. Bryant knew she needed to do something
to support herself and the children. She was interested in training as a pharmacy technician.

Workforce Solution

Bridget began her training through the Displaced Homemaker
Program which provided assistance with pre-requisite classes
for the Pharmacy Technician curriculum. She was also
determined eligible for the 2009 ARRA Summer Youth
Program where she began her work experience training at the Employment Security Commission as a processing assistant. Bridget performed well, improving her customer service skills and expanding her professional network by interacting with employers and ESC staff members. During her work experience training, Bryant had yet another setback; she lost everything in a house fire and had to move in with her grandmother. She was thankful that she and the children escaped unharmed, and was determined to move forward.

At the end of the 2009 ARRA Summer Youth Program, Bridget enrolled in the Southeastern Community College Pharmacy Technician Program. Bryant then transitioned to the WIA-Keys 2 Success Youth Program where she received assistance with tuition, books and required supplies. While enrolled full time in school, Bryant also worked part time at local pharmacy to increase her pharmacy experience.

Outcomes & Benefits

Bridget completed her training in August, 2010, and passed the Pharmacy Technician Certification Exam. In September, 2010, she was hired full time as a Pharmacy Tech at Columbus Regional Hospital. Congratulations, Bridget!

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