HEART OF GEORGIA ALTAMAHA
WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT AREA
Deanna Clark, ITA Program
Deanna Clark of Bleckley County attended Wiregrass Technical College pursuing a degree in the Practical Nursing Program. As a single mother of two, being a full-time student, and working part-time on the weekends, Deanna needed additional financial assistance to cover her school cost. Deanna applied for the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Individual Training Account (ITA) Program in December of 2018. While in the WIOA ITA Program, Deanna completed the nursing program and became a Licensed Practical Nurse. She is working full-time as an LPN at a local healthcare facility.
Deanna shares her story: “WIOA helped me with covering the cost of uniforms and required items that I needed for the LPN program. It also gave me a daily stipend to help with daycare expenses and gas to drive back and forth to my classes and clinicals. Job Training Unlimited also selected to sponsor my family for Christmas. I was in tears because I had no idea how I would get anything for my children. I can never say thank you enough to the wonderful people who worked so hard to help us out during the holidays. Ms. Sherry, my case manager, delivered everything to us and was always so sweet and helpful. If it were not for the help of WIOA, it would have been a struggle to complete the LPN program.”