Jessica Sanders, a single mom of a six-year-old boy, had worked in home care for five years when one day, she found herself to be underemployed. Jessica knew she wanted to stay in the medical industry, but needed assistance in improving her job seeking skills and pursuing educational opportunities.

Through the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act program at Able’s Chicago Heights location, Jessica found what she needed. She worked with career coach, Cheryl Travis, to improve her job seeking skills. Cheryl says, “Jessica was a pleasure to work with! Despite facing the challenges of being a single mother, Jessica stayed determined.”

Through her research and her work with Cheryl, Jessica enrolled in a Certified Medical Assistant program. “I had to go to school twice per week and the distance was tough, National Able Network helped with the resources,” says Jessica. While going to school, Jessica also participated in many of the workshops that National Able Network offered. Jessica says, “They helped me get to the point I am now. Doing my workshops online was convenient because I was very busy!”

After about eight months, Jessica successfully completed the program! She earned three certifications: EKG Technician Certification, Phlebotomy Technician Certification, and Medical Assistant Certification. After all her hard work and determination, in April 2018, Jessica was hired! She is now employed as a Certified Medical Assistant with Physicians Prompt Care.

Congratulations, Jessica!