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For Crystal Threet and April Jayne, pursuing the certifications required for their jobs was easier and more affordable than they could have imagined. Through the United Way-funded Incumbent Worker program at JobSource, both women found the opportunity to have their classes, books, and exam fees for their certifications covered with no cost to them.  

“I thought I wouldn’t qualify, but I did,” shared April.

Crystal and April both enrolled in a 14-week medical assisting certification program at Hinds Career Center in Elwood. The class was set up in a way that made it easy to learn and was flexible enough to fit in to their work schedules. Pursuing the certification also provided the perfect opportunity for each to make herself more valuable as an employee to her workplace­ - Community Hospital Anderson. “The certification allows me to be of greater value to my office. I can help in more ways,” said April.

For Crystal, the certification came with a pay increase. It also made her more marketable for the future if anything ever changes with her position. Crystal shared, “It positions me for better jobs and better opportunities in the future.”

For others in the community looking to pursue marketable certifications, April urges, “Don’t pass up this program because you think you won’t qualify. Help is available. You don’t have to feel overwhelmed by the cost .”

Creating opportunities for local residents to improve their skills is at the heart of the mission of United Way of Madison County. We know that when families and individuals can find financial stability through education and improved long-term job opportunities, everyone wins. “Further education is an investment in yourself,” said Crystal. We couldn’t agree more.