Prior to starting the WEI program Arnisha worked in a low-paying factory position for two years, where she continued to struggle financially and did not see a career pathway with the company. As a single mother, she was determined to do better for herself and family. Excited, but apprehensive because she previously attended two colleges and was unsuccessful, Arnisha was motivated to apply to South Suburban College and the WEI program. She was accepted. Arnisha contributes her success to the support system provided by the WEI program. Due to Arnisha’s successful completion of the program she is currently employed as a Certified Nursing Assistant and enjoys her work. She now sees a future pathway in the healthcare industry and is looking forward to furthering her education in the Nursing Program offered at South Suburban College.
Drew, said his biggest obstacle was his mindset. Before he started the program he describes himself of “caring too much about what others think.” The barber program helped him to perfect his craft, interact more easily with others and clarify his goals. He is very happy. “Really now, I am on a better path and I’m in touch with myself personally. This course definitely helped with my life.”
Natasha Moore had a desire to assist her community in providing additional resources that she believed would empower people of all ages. Natasha saw an advertisement for the WEI program at South Suburban College that offered short-term certificates in the area of her interest. Natasha really enjoyed both programs and successfully completed all courses within 16-weeks with a 4.0. G.P.A. Natasha shares one piece of advice that she would like to give to future students’, “Take full advantage of all of the opportunities that the WEI program has to offer, whether it is educationally, financially or career wise.” The South Suburban College WEI program offers great benefits that extend beyond the program.” Natasha is successfully employed as a Community Health worker.
Lonetta came into the WEI as a very focused and persistent student. She prides herself on hard work and dedication. The WEI took notice of her diligence, as she attended all student professional development training sessions and dedicated herself completely to her studies. She completed her PCT training in Grant Year 3, 2022!! She is an exemplary student and the WEI would like to applaud her success.