Emily "Don’t be afraid to apply"

Emily Jones didn't grow up with much. Her father is a log truck driver, but has been laid off for years and her mother has a disability that prevents her from working. Emily always knew she wanted to be a nurse, but wasn’t sure how she was going to be able to afford the schooling for it.
Emily Jones
“We had barely been able to make ends meet most months, and the idea of going to a four year college was something of a pipe dream to me.”

Feeling hopeless, Emily made an appointment at the CareerCenter.

When she met with her counselor, Emily said, “she listened to my concerns about school and helped me with an important decision. She encouraged me to choose a four-year college since continuing my education was important to me.”

The career counselor also helped Emily choose the school that was not only a good fit, but would also assist her the most financially. She signed Emily up for the Workforce Investment Act Youth Program because of her family’s low income and helped her apply for scholarships.

Emily is about to go into her third year of nursing at the University of Maine at Orono.

And because of the CareerCenter's help, Emily has been successful and, for the first time, doesn't have to worry about money.

“Without the Workforce Investment Act, as well as the generosity of the scholarships, going to school wouldn’t have been as stress-free as it has been so far,” she said. “Unlike my classmates, I have zero dollars of student loan debt at the present moment. This allows me to concentrate on my studies instead of worrying about the costs of my education.”

Today, the CareerCenter is still something Emily uses for help when filling out her FAFSA for financial aid.

“They also have computers available, with printers, which makes it easy to print things off for scholarships,” she said. “The staff members are always very friendly when I come in and always willing to lend a hand.”

Emily is thankful to the CareerCenter for opening up her eyes to the possibility of making college doable and affordable for her and her family. 

“A lot of people look at going on to higher education as something out of their financial means. School can definitely be expensive, but it doesn't have to be,” she said. “There is plenty of aid through grants or scholarships. Don’t be afraid to apply for those things simply from fear of being turned down. You might just get it.”