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Shanisa Thomas, a single mother of three, wanted to provide a better life for her family and she was interested in pursuing a career as a Nurse. However, she did not have the financial means to pay for the training.

In May 2017, after she met with a Career Consultant at the Arkansas Workforce Center in North Little Rock to discuss her options, she enrolled in the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Adult Program and began working on her educational training at the University of Little Rock (UALR) to become a Registered Nurse.

Working vigorously and determined to succeed, not only was she accepted into the National Nursing Honor’s Society, she also graduated from UALR with an Associate of Science Degree in Nursing two years later. Shortly after, she obtained her Registered Nursing License and began working full time employment at the Veteran’s Administration Hospital in Little Rock making a self-sufficient wage.

In the end, Shanisa was proud of the available resources through WIOA that allowed her to reach her goal in finding a career that she would love and that would allow her to provide for her family.

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