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Winning with WAGEES

When Tanysha was 17, she became pregnant with her first child and dropped out of school. At the time she had a job to support herself and young daughter, but when she became pregnant with her second child, she no longer worked. . She found herself feeling lost: no job, no education, and with two young children Tanysha needed to think about the future for herself and family.

"I want to do more than what I have been doing," said Tanysha.

She remembered she had seen a sign for Catholic Charities and made a phone call. Craig, case manager and educator with Catholic Charities Education and Workforce Development Department, informed her about the WAGEES (Work and Gain Education and Employment Services) program and encouraged Tanysha to be a part of it.

Tanshya started by enrolling into a High School Equivalency program and taking classes to prepare for the exam. She took the test in December 2013 with the help and guidance from her teacher Natalie and was confident that she will be able to pass. As an update, we are happy to share that Tanysha was able to earn her High School Equivalency!

In addition, Tanysha completed the hospitality training through the Center for Transportation and Excellence. She is confident that the training helped her to get a job at Ruby Tuesdays, where she currently works. She started off as a busser, moved up to host and now she's been promoted to server!

"[This program] has helped me realize that I don't have to sit around and do nothing; there's stuff you can do, there's people to help you," said Tanysha. "Go to Catholic Charities, they are wonderful. They will help you with anything and everything you need. I love them and everyone there!"

Tanysha has bright plans for the future. She intends to go to college within the next year and she eventually wants to be a certified nursing assistant.