Kim Isaac dreamed in high school of becoming a registered nurse. At 37, she finally was able to make that dream become reality with plenty of hard work, determination and key support from WIA.
Kim now works as a registered nurse at Our Lady of the Way Hospital in Martin, a small community in Floyd County. Much of her time is spent working in the hospital’s hectic surgical wing, and she... (more)
Johnny Collins was trying to make a dollar stretch about 10 different ways. While it was not easy, it was a necessity in order for his family to survive on his meager $6,000 annual income. Times were hard, he said, and they did not look like they would turn around any time soon. Without the WIA On-the-Job Training (OJT) program, they might not have.
"I had quit one job and was working... (more)
Achieving a goal brings about one of the best feelings in the world. Getting derailed from the track leading toward a goal brings about one of the worst feelings imaginable.
Roberta Wolford has experienced both.
From having to halt two attempts at college following pregnancies, to attempting college a third time and successfully earning a degree, Roberta finally has been able to... (more)
In 2002, Kathy Terry's family celebrated academic achievement times three: her daughter graduated from Eastern Kentucky University with an education degree on her way to becoming a schoolteacher in Hazard; her son graduated from eighth grade at Allen Central Middle School on his way to high school; and Kathy--then 40 years old--graduated from Hazard Community College as a registered nurse on... (more)
For the first time since she graduated from high school, Carol Miller didn't have a job.
Carol had moved from her lifelong home in Illinois to the rural community of Frakes in Bell County, Ky. in the summer of 2002. The move placed Carol near her youngest daughter, a Methodist missionary who had come to the area a few years earlier to work at the Henderson Settlement. However, the move... (more)