After feeling defeated while in high school, Emerald found herself withdrawing and in need of an alternative option. Through her support admin team at school, she was connected to The Workforce Connection’s Elevate Program. She enrolled in Elevate to receive help getting her GED, to be able to received transportation assistance, and to gain work experience.

 Emerald recently graduated from the GoodGRADS GED program in Belvidere, Illinois and she has come a long way to her success through Elevate. She is starting her first job through Elevate’s Work Experience Program (WEX) to gain knowledge, skills and abilities for her future.

Emerald said “Personal initiative is important to success in the program. Though everyone is very supportive, your own desire is very important.”

 We are so impressed by Emerald’s hard work and dedication to achieve her goals!