WorkSource helps people return to work every day.

Schooling isn’t cheap.

While higher education can elevate your earnings, the cost can be prohibitive for many. It’s easy to dream, but when looking at the numbers, many would-be students wonder: how am I going to pay for this?

Luckily, WorkSource can help eligible participants with the cost of their training.

I met with WorkSource customer Marie Borello to talk about her journey with WorkSource—including the support services and tuition dollars that made it possible for her to go to school, care for her family, and advance in her career!

When Marie came to WorkSource, she worked as a Medical Assistant at Kaiser Permanente. It was in the nursing program at Clark College, however, where she first heard about WorkSource from a fellow student.

After visiting the Vancouver center, Marie was surprised at the speed with which she received support. “[T]o get everything going, it was pretty quick, actually. I feel like it was within a week.” All Marie had to do was come into the office, sign some paperwork, and send over her class schedule. “They got things going for me pretty quickly,” she said.

Training is invaluable for many WorkSource customers, but tuition isn’t the end of our services. After getting screened for eligibility, WorkSource was also able to help Marie pay for her books, gas, scrubs, and even a stethoscope!

Because of WorkSource, Marie was able to keep her financial aid to help pay bills and take care of her kids. But there was more to offer than just assistance. There was also hope.

Marie said, “They were able to stay in contact with me and always had words of encouragement.”

Now that Marie is out of school, she’s looking forward to a new position with PeaceHealth starting in April.

When asked if she had any final words to share with us, Marie had this to say:

“The services that WorkSource has provided me with are amazing. I’m truly grateful for all the help that I’ve received and can’t thank WorkSource enough.”

If you’re interested in a career in healthcare and could benefit from tuition or other assistance, contact your local WorkSource center! We’re open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Our Employment and Training Orientation is a weekly event that provides a great springboard for new participants to get involved with WorkSource. Orientations take place from 1-2 p.m. on Thursdays in Vancouver, or 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. on Wednesdays in Kelso.

WorkSource is an equal opportunity employer/program. Auxiliary aids and services are available upon request to individuals with disabilities. Washington Relay Service 711.

The Thrive program is funded by a USDOL grant provided through WSW. Read more about funding at:

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