Hoping to obtain her degree in Nursing and unable to pay for the course herself, single mom Nikeia Talley visited the Arkansas Workforce Center at Benton to discuss potential opportunities available through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) program.

In January of 2019, she enrolled in the WIOA Adult program and received Educational Training Services to assist her with completing her final semester in the University of Arkansas at Little Rock’s Nursing Program.

Despite managing her special needs child’s busy schedule and all of the demands that come with being a single parent, on May 11, 2019 she successfully walked across the stage at UALR’s Commencement Ceremony and received her degree in Nursing.

Upon the successful completion of the State Board Examination, she accepted a job offer and began working at the Saline Memorial Hospital on July 8, 2019 earning a substantial wage which allows her to support her family.

When it came to defining her educational and career goals, she took advantage of the support and services that were provided through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) grant.

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