Bobbie’s passion for helping others has kept her going through the obstacle course of life these past few years. She became a skilled juggler as a single, working mom taking classes to become a registered nurse. When this balancing act began to fall apart, she found that WIOA program was there to set things right.
It began with the decision to cut down on work hours so she could dedicate herself to schoolwork. It was a short-term pain for a long-term gain, because she knew her nursing job would pay more. She threw herself into the career planning through WIOA and used the transportation and tuition assistance to help make ends meet.
Being first person in her family to graduate from college took on added importance when her father passed away and her mother was diagnosed with cancer. WIOA staff were there to support her, and she said “I’m not sure if I would have done this well without Joan and the [WIOA] program. She believed in me and gave me the encouragement to continue on.”
Bobbie made the Dean’s List many times and has graduated. She now combines her passions for service and education through her work as a nurse and as a success coach for veterans going back to school at Nicolet College. WIOA allowed her to focus on her education at a critical time, and she says that “now financially I’m in the best situation I have ever been. Dream until your dreams come true!”
We know you will continue to make a difference in the lives of everyone you meet. Congratulations, Bobbie!