Career Specialist Michelle Sanchez reports on her customer, “Rachel visited Man-Tra-Con in August 2015, in search of a better paying job. She did not have the appropriate education or work history and needed classroom training to find self-sufficient employment. Because Rachel had been employed in the healthcare field in the past and enjoyed the work, she decided to pursue a career in nursing. Rachel was accepted into the Associate Degree Nursing program at Rend Lake College beginning with the fall 2015 semester. She was also approved to receive Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA) training services, which included assistance with tuition, fees, books, supplies, and even transportation reimbursement,” Michelle explains.
“Rachel achieved 54 credits towards her program while enrolled at Rend Lake College. She was able to complete her program in May 2017, and successfully obtained her professional nursing license. In July 2017, SSM Health Good Samaritan hired Rachel for a registered nurse position, paying $22.32 per hour. She continues to work in a field she loves, but is now earning more as a registered nurse,” Michelle adds.