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Meet Kim

Workforce Challenge

Kim was terminated from long term employment, leaving her devastated and worried how she was going to support her children. Kim had 2 children with disabilities and being unemployed was not a choice for her. Kim applied for WIA and was not eligible due to income, but after several months she returned and was now eligible.

Workforce Solution

Kim already had her CNA and had always wanted to be a nurse; she was determined to get her LPN. Kim already had a degree so she was not eligible for Pell Grants, but on the plus side she had most of her Gen Ed classes out of the way which helped her get into the LPN program quicker. Kim just had one Gen Ed class to take, A&P. Kim struggled with that class and did not pass but she was not going to give up. She retook the class and passed it the second time successfully. In August 2012, Kim started the LPN program.

Outcomes & Benefits

Kim passed her first semester of LPN with 3 A’s and 3 B’s. She is starting her 2nd semester of LPN and will finish in May, then take her State Boards in June. Kim is extremely excited to finish and start working as an LPN. Her Workforce rep received an email from Kim the week before Thanksgiving with this message:

"This month I took on each day what I am thankful for. I know it seems little or stupid for some people. But in today's society I don't think people are even thankful for the day they live. Today is your day. I'm THANKFUL for YOU! I'm thankful that you believe in me and my abilities to succeed, even when I don't feel that way at all. You've been there for me when I just needed to vent or just a simple hey how are you....not many people do that anymore. I know that if it wouldn't be for you I wouldn't even be able to do what I am doing now. I appreciate the KHPOP grant, you and everyone involved in making my future even a possibility. Without you and the KHPOP grant I wouldn't have a future to look forward to. Thank you for giving me that opportunity. Thank you for being supportive, realistic, and optimistic. My tunnel is still pretty dark at this time, however you make me believe I can see the light at the end. I just wanted to say Thanks for everything and I wanted you to know how thankful I am for you. "

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