Katrina’s Breathing Easy

It turns out that unemployment ended up being the opportunity Katrina has waited a lifetime for. When her employer went out of business, the future looked scary to this single mother of 2 because unemployment wasn’t going to cut it. While applying for these benefits at the local job center, however, she also learned about a program called WIOA which could help her get the training for a new career. Before she knew it, she was pursuing a dream she’d had for years: going back to school to become a Respiratory Therapist.

“I could not be happier with WIOA,” says Katrina. “Without them, I may not have ever taken this step towards bettering myself and the life I can offer my children.” With classes almost 40 miles away one way and two children just starting school, her life quickly became about balancing schedules and keeping the bills under control. Her WIOA team helped with tuition assistance, book fees, and even mileage reimbursement.

“It was such a comfort to know that [WIOA] was behind me rooting for me every step of the way,” she says. “They were always willing to help in any way they could or point me in the right direction. I will never forget what they have done for me.”

Katrina graduated with High Honors and has already been hired as a Respiratory Therapist! She loves her new career. Helping people understand their issues, especially kids who have to wear a baby gas mask and similar equipment to cope with their medical conditions. She says that the most amazing thing is how much she’s grown by persevering through the last few years.

“This experience has boosted my confidence, helped me learn time-management skills and ultimately be able to provide for my family. There’s no better feeling than that!”

Congratulations, Katrina!