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Congratulations, Workforce180 Students!

Seven students finished their Workforce180 journey this spring— and we couldn’t be more proud! In honor of all they’ve accomplished, Sam, Jayda, Kelli, Vera, Sal, Jenny, and Mandy were recognized at the Workforce180 Spring Summit held earlier this year at Heartland Community College. Each student received a certificate of completion from United Way of McLean County CEO, David Taylor.


Here’s what they have planned next:

Sam focused on business at Heartland; this fall, he continues his studies at ISU as a business major.


Jayda completed paramedic certification coursework and is now finishing her clinical hours; her hope is to work as a paramedic in McLean County!


Kelli will complete nursing prep at Heartland this fall; she will continue to a nursing program in 2024.


Vera completed her Recovery Support Specialist Certificate; she is now working as a Recovery Specialist with the YWCA McLean County. Plus, she will be a Workforce180 Mentor starting this fall!


Sal completed his associate degree in nursing at Heartland; this fall, he continues his studies in ISU’s nursing program.


Jenny completed her associate degree in nursing at Heartland; this fall, she continues her studies in ISU’s nursing program.


Mandy became a Certified Nursing Assistant through Heartland; she is now a Patient Care Tech at OSF.




Through generous donations from our community, United Way is supporting 70+ students on their pathway to a stable career and a bright future. Workforce180 allows students the opportunity to pursue training in work-ready programs such as industrial trade programs and medical certifications. Plus, Workforce180 helps students stay with their plan of study and overcome any barriers that life may bring, thanks to the support from caring United Way volunteer mentors.