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HPOG Success Story: Jenica at the South Carolina Department of Social Services

Published: July 9, 2020
Health Profession Opportunity Grants (HPOG)
Success Stories

Jenica in her uniformColumbia, SC

A Mother Shows Her Five Children That Anything Is Possible.

At the age of 35, Jenica was a working student supporting five children. She temped as a medical surgical technician, making $9.35 an hour while studying to fulfill her dream of becoming a licensed practical nurse (LPN). Her family received SNAP benefits, but Jenica knew she needed more support to achieve her goal of becoming self-sufficient.

While searching for assistance, Jenica learned of Project HOPE: Healthcare Occupations Preparation for Employment. While attending a Project HOPE information session, she learned they could provide her with the assistance she was seeking. She enrolled in Project HOPE on June 26, 2017. Jenica was so excited that she cried tears of joy.

Jenica attended Northeastern Technical College in Cheraw, SC for the LPN program. She studied during every free moment she could find to maintain a passing GPA. Project HOPE paid her tuition and provided money for books and other class supplies. It was difficult to come home to assist her children with their schoolwork in addition to completing her own. She had many emotional nights, but she never wanted to quit because Project HOPE was always there to help.

Jenica began working with the Project HOPE job developer in the months before she graduated. She got help with resume development, mock interviews, and soft skills techniques. The job developer made sure she followed up on job leads and stayed in contact with employers.

After graduating and passing her board exam, she jumped right into her new career. On April 22, 2019, she began working at CareSouth primary care center as a full-time LPN, earning $17.44 per hour plus benefits. Jenica’s motto is “I can do all things.” and she knows others can too if they believe in themselves.

Jenica is very grateful for Project HOPE and the opportunity she received. She wishes everyone well and encourages individuals to apply so that their dreams can become reality.

This success story was self-identified by the grantee and information contained in this document was provided by the grantee.

Last Reviewed: July 9, 2020