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How the WSO Center helped her complete her degree

Jane has been a steady visitor to our center over a few years. She has not been able to secure a stable self-sufficient job. After talking to her in the WorkSource Oregon Resource Room, she expressed her desire to finish up her degree in accounting. She really seemed to be trying. I reviewed her job applications plenty of times before they were submitted. She also expressed her need to have a position local and close to a bus route due to no car. Her worry about her financial situation and her inability to receive any more student loan money was making it very hard for her to be able to even think about finishing two more terms to complete her degree.

Jane worked hard at developing her computer skills and has attended multiple workshops here in our center. She has attended numerous job fairs and has been trying to develop her networking in the community.

I enrolled Jane after reviewing her class schedule and the cost for her to finish her degree as an accountant. She had completed a Workforce Innovation Act (WIA) Scholarship and was approved for the funding that would allow her to complete the degree. Jane started shortly after her scholarship was approved at Chemeketa Community College.

While attending Chemeketa, I encouraged her to continue to build her network, job search and apply for positions. She contacted me last week and informed me she has now attained not just one, but two jobs. One of her jobs is in the fast food industry at Carl’s Jr. Her other position is at Oregon Health Authority (OHA) as a Human Services Specialist 2. While the OHA opportunity is a limited duration position, it will allow her to gain new skills and work history more current to add to her resume.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]