In January 2014, Ashley Thompson was unemployed with a toddler at home. A friend told her about a short-term pharmacy technician training program offered in her community. She was apprehensive about starting a class at her Mineral Area College outreach campus, the Perryville Higher Education Center, because it had been eight years since her high school graduation and no one in her family had gone to college. But she decided to take a leap of faith.
Jefferson City, Missouri – January 28, 2013. Community college career coaches from across the state met recently at the Missouri Community College Association office in Jefferson City to share tips and techniques for helping students navigate the journey from training to employment. Their focus was on assisting new crops of students – many of whom are unemployed and underemployed adults – served through the MoHealthWINs program, which provides low-cost training in healthcare fields at participating community colleges. As a core offering, MoHealthWINs participants receive their own personal advisor to guide them through the major steps from exploring career options, to navigating the sequence of training, to job searching after graduation.