“My name is Latisha Harris and I was enrolled into the WIA program on February 12, 2013 for assistance with obtaining my GED and gaining full time employment. Without a GED I knew that the opportunity to gain full time employment was minimal, so I enrolled into Anderson Adult Ed and the WIA program. The WIA program allowed me to stay focused on my schoolwork and getting ready for the GED exam without having to worry about how I was going to pay for it. My Career Coach JT Parnell and I created an IEP to map out a plan for me to obtain my goal of full time employment and obtaining my GED. My career coach advised me about the importance of the WorkKeys assessment as it relates to employment so I was able to complete this at Anderson Adult Ed.
I scored a Platinum in Reading for Information, Silver in Locating Information and Silver in Applied Math. I achieved my goal of obtaining my GED on April 18, 2013 from Anderson Adult Ed.
After I obtained my GED, my goal was to further my education in a field that was in demand. My CC and I discussed the MSSC training that was offered at TCTC. I entered that program on July 23, 2013 and completed the program on September 17, 2013. After completing the MSSC training I was hired on at South Carolina Plastic as a quality inspector starting January 31, 2014 working 40 hours a week making $12.25 an hour. After completing 90 days my pay increased to $13.60 an hour and I am expecting it to increase again in January 2015. The WIA program played a vital role in helping me obtain my GED and MSSC credentials which have led to full time sustainable employment in a field that I love. Thank you WIA and my CC JT Parnell.”
Latisha Harris, Quality Inspector
Latisha has met the nine-month employment retention common measure for the WIA program.