Wouldn’t let 1% stop her from achieving her goals

Creation Date: 09/18/2020

Name: Dana Washington
Career Pathway: Health Science
Location of Service: 60901-1223
Program: WIOA Adult
Organization: Kankakee Community College
Credentials Earned: AAS Associate in Applied Science Radiography

Program Details

In late 2015, Jessica left a retail position she had held for several years in order to seek out better opportunities for herself and her two boys. She wanted a marketable career that would provide enhanced earning potential but lacked the formal skills, education, and certifications needed for professional employment. In August of 2016, Jessica connected with the WIOA program and received a career consultation that evaluated her skills, interests, work preferences, and salary needs. Through those assessments, Jessica decided that a brighter future for her meant pursuing a degree as a Radiologic Technician. However, she needed additional funds to offset the cost of training needed to achieve her goals. 

Her journey to self-sufficiency wasn’t always an easy one. Jessica missed passing her Radiography program final by just 1%. Even though that was a setback that could have deterred her from obtaining her degree, Jessica leaned into the assistance offered by the WIOA program to help pay for her classes, supplies, and transportation costs, as well as encouragement from her professors to keep going. She did not quit on her dream for a better life for her and her boys. Finally, in May of 2020, after four years of hard work and dedication, her persistence paid off. She graduated with her degree in Radiography and on June 1st passed her boards. She emailed to let us know her good news saying, “I am now a Radiology Technician! I thank you so much for all you and the WIOA program have done for me. Now to just find a job!”

Just a few short months later, Jessica found a job at a hospital working as a radiologic technician. She persevered, and with the help of the WIOA program, achieved that bright future for her family.