Selena Jean Ramey graduated from the Region One PluggedInVA Information Technology cohort. A single mom with two teenage sons, Ramey worked full time with In Home Care Inc. in Wise, Va. She began her PluggedinVA classes, however, with great enthusiasm.
Ramey earned her American Red Cross First Aid and CPR/AED certification, a great fit for her job with patients as an in-home sitter. She was one of the cohort’s first to earn the Microsoft Digital Literacy and Career Safe OSHA certifications. Additionally, during her information technology classes with Mountain Empire Community College, she improved her keyboarding skills and acquired proficiency in Microsoft Office.
Before enrolling in PluggedInVA, Ramey had already passed four of her GED subjects and had been studying math via distance learning. She sat for the math portion of the GED test and passed. She also added a bronze certification to her growing list of credentials, which now includes a Career Studies Certificate in Information Technology Readiness from Mountain Empire Community College. A paid internship was one of the unique experiences of this cohort. Businesses, government offices and other organizations partnered to provide workplace opportunities. Ramey completed the internship with her employer, working in the Wise County office using her newly acquired IT skills.
Ramey has retained employment with In Home Care and has continued her studies at Mountain Empire Community College. She will soon graduate as a Certified Nursing Assistant.
Article and Image are part of the Virginia Workforce Council 2013 Annual Report