This story was written by the job candidate herself.
My name is Angela, and I was born with Cerebral Palsy. I began working with Iowa Vocational Rehabilitation Services (IVRS) and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act (WIOA) Youth Program during high school. These programs were able to assist me with college exploration, financial planning for school, and provide tools to be a successful student.
Shortly after enrolling in classes at Iowa Central Community College, I transitioned from the WIOA Youth Program into the WIOA Adult Program and continued my enrollment in IVRS. In collaboration, these programs were able to help me with some of the costs of my education and provided extra support during my time as a student. After graduating from Iowa Central Community College with my Associate's Degree, I transferred to Buena Vista University's Fort Dodge campus to pursue a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education. Through it all, WIOA and IVRS were still there to cheer me on.
Today, I have successfully earned a Bachelor's Degree in Elementary Education, as well as a teaching license with endorsements in reading and special education. I am currently a substitute teacher for the Fort Dodge Community School District, and am hoping to secure a full time teach position in the near future.
None of this would have been possible for me to accomplish without the help of these wonderful programs. Over the years, they've been able to assist me with tuition, books, transportation, clothes for an interview, and emotional support to encourage me to keep going. I truly can't thank them enough for what they have done for me!