With the help of North Texas Works (also known as WIOA), Merhawit, known as “Meri” for short, began attending Nursing school at Vernon College in January 2020. She was unable to work consistently so she could focus on school. Meri finished school in May 2021 and obtained her RN license on May 19, 2021. She began working at Perimeter Behavioral Hospital of Dallas in September 2021 making $33/hr.
She said, “I am honored and beyond grateful to have been selected as a recipient of the Workforce Solutions WIOA Program. This program allowed me to solely focus on my studies, which contributed to me successfully completing the Vernon College ADN program. WIOA not only paid my tuition, but also bought my textbooks, provided gas cards, paid some bills due to COVID season, provided NRP checks and paid my BON/ NCLEX fees in addition to UWORLD. WIOA has lightened my financial burden and given me the opportunity to reach my full potential in the VC ADN program. My case managers deserve a special shout out. Danae and Jesse were very helpful in every aspect during my nursing school journey, and I am grateful for each and every one of them. Thank you, ladies, and thank you WIOA!”
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