Kayla Harder: Kayla became a WIA participant in the Summer of 2012 through a summer paid work experience. After her time placed at the Livingston County Probation department, they hired her and she began taking classes toward her Associates of Science degree in Criminal Justice at Heartland Community College. Throughout her time in college, she was on the deans list and inducted to the Phi Beta Kappa honor society. She graduated in May 2015 with her Associates degree and is still employed at the Probation department. She plans to continue her education and obtain a Bachelors of Science in criminal justice at Olivet Nazarene University.
Aimee Ruiz: After hearing she was accepted into the nursing program at Heartland Community College, Aimee contacted the WIA office to see if she was eligible for funding. Since she needed assistance with tuition, books, clinical supplies and transportation costs, she was able to take full advantage of the services available to her. In June 2015, Aimee graduated with her RN degree, just a two short years after entering the program. She is currently studying for her NCLEX exam and is working full time as a Registered Nurse at Evenglow Lodge.
Eric Knobbe: Eric contacted the WIA office looking for help to obtain his CDL license. He felt it was his quickest option to get off unemployment and get reemployed. He chose to attend Advantage Driver Training and within 4 weeks time had completed his CDL course. He was employed quickly by Wise Farm Lines as a truck driver, working a semi-local route here in Illinois.