2018 Personal and Professional Growth Award Recipient
“I could finally tell my children that mom finished school.” — VICTORIA CORNETT
Growing despite personal and professional barriers
Victoria Cornett is a single mother of four school-aged children, but she hadn’t finished school herself. She was referred to Goodwill’s GED program by the Department of Human Services to improve her earning potential by removing an education barrier. She connected with Lisa Welt, Goodwill Program Specialist and instructor for the GED exam prep classes.
“I was really surprised and didn’t know they had this office, job coaches, and all of the programs, but Goodwill became a second home to me. I felt like I’d known Lisa my whole life,” Victoria said.
Victoria arrived with determination and held a positive attitude throughout the GED courses, even when she dealt with health issues and other challenges in her life.
Less than a year later, Victoria walked at Rogue Community College’s June 2018 graduation. She continued in Goodwill’s Job Development programs to complete two CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) certifications.
“When I got my GED, I was very happy and my children were happy. It was very exciting for all of the family because I could finally tell my children that mom finished school!” Victoria said.
She is now a CNA 2, which led her to landing a job at a local assisted-living facility by the end of 2018. Her next goal is to work for a large hospital. With her new motto “if you’re not happy, change it,” she has the confidence and knowledge she can do anything she sets her mind to.
“Lisa always believed in me, and all the employees did. It was constant support I haven’t received from anybody else.”
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