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Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board

Meet Cheryl

Workforce Challenge

Cheryl's story was the same as many other Oklahoma workers who had been laid off because of the economic downturn. After trying to obtain employment for many months, it became evident that she needed skills that would give her an advantage in a competitive job market.

Workforce Solution

Through Workforce Oklahoma, Cheryl carefully researched the job market. She received counseling about the opportunity to obtain tuition assistance through the WIA Dislocated Worker program. After comparing many different degree programs offered, she decided to pursue a degree in Family Studies / Gerontology at Southern Nazarene University. She chose SNU because it offers an accelerated, 15-month program that allowed her to focus on one course at a time.

Outcomes & Benefits

Cheryl now feels confident that she will complete her degree and move into full-time, paid employment. She says, "This degree will also allow me to fulfill my desire to give back to the community by being affiliated with a nonprofit organization that provides services to low income families. My long term goal is to work with individuals that need educational assistance that would allow them to become productive members of society." Good luck, Cheryl!

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