Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Upper Cumberland Human Resource Agency / LWIA 7
Ashley Estes was a young mother of two children and had very little work experience. In the Spring of 2009, Ashley and her husband were both unemployed when Ashley came in to apply for the Summer Youth Employment Program.
The LWIA 7 Case Manager in DeKalb County, Tennessee placed Ashley at the Chamber of Commerce through the Summer Youth Employment Program. After the summer program ended, Ashley applied for the Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program at the Tennessee Technology Center at McMinnville. WIA provided case management and financial assistance to help cover her tuition and fees while she was in training.
Outcomes & Benefits
Ashley completed her LPN training in August 2010 and passed her state board exam in October 2010. She is now employed as a LPN with NHC and Suncrest Private Duty in McMinnville, Tennessee. Lillie Vaughn, DeKalb County Case Manager, stated, "Those monies spent for Ashley's work experience and education are a small pittance to the change it will make in her life and the lives of her children and family."