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Alana Bogy, a single mother, was excited to begin her journey at Arkansas College of Health Careers in the Clinical and Medical Laboratory Technician program, but she was also confronted with a number of financial challenges that threatened to derail her educational endeavor.

In January 2022, she inquired about her options with Orlando Freeman, Career Consultant at the Arkansas Workforce Center in Benton, and discovered that she was eligible for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult program, which could provide the financial assistance she needed to complete her educational training.

Alana worked hard in her studies while enrolled in the WIOA Adult program, and it paid off when she graduated from the Clinical and Medical Laboratory Technician program in May 2022. She also received two national certifications, which should help her wage potential in the Education and Health Services Industry.

Shortly after graduation, she accepted a full-time position as an EKG Monitor Technician at St. Vincent Hospital in Little Rock, earning $13.75 per hour with incentives after her probation period. Despite her challenges, Alana was able to overcome the financial barrier to completing her education thanks to the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult program, and she now has a degree and a new career in the Health Care Industry.

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