Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Berks County Workforce Investment Board
Princess Ineus Duffault had 17 years of experience as a nurse’s aide. She longed to upgrade her skills so she could better support her two young daughters. Unfortunately, training programs didn’t fit into her full-time work schedule, but when Penn State Berks initiated an evening and weekend licensed practical nursing (LPN), program she jumped at the opportunity. To her disappointment, Princess soon found she couldn’t afford a student loan.
Turning to the Pennsylvania CareerLink® Berks County, she attended a free orientation session and applied for federal Workforce Investment Act adult funding with the help of employment specialists. Princess says that her prayers were answered when the funding was approved and she could enter the LPN program.
Outcomes & Benefits
Since completing the program in September 2010, Princess is very happy to be working as an LPN assigned to various stations at a local nursing and rehabilitation center. The most rewarding part of her job continues to be helping her patients. Princess says that the most challenging part of the training was the amount of study time required, but that her instructors were very supportive. Because she was able to improve her skills, she now earns a higher hourly wage and has more time for her daughters.