News 12 at 6 O'Clock, February 8, 2010
AIKEN -- There was a time when Terri Anderson would have been in front of this desk at the Aiken One Stop workforce center.
"When it hit me, it hit me kind of hard," she said.
In 2008 she lost her job at a local bank after nearly 20 years. But with that job loss came an opportunity.
"You're not worthless. You do have a place, let's help you out, let me show you what we have to offer. And when they did, (I thought) 'Ok, well maybe I can get that degree that I never could get that before.'"
She had a high school diploma. But through the Workforce Investment Act -- Terri went to Aiken Tech to get an Associate's Degree. And case managers followed her progress.
Now, she's a WIA program assistant herself. Aiken One Stop noticed her resume on South Carolina Job Link, a job database.
"I'm living proof that works, I tell that to my folks every single day that works, this job found me, I did not find this job," adds Anderson.
A year and a half after losing her job, she had a new one. And a new start.
"Sitting on the couch will not get you a job, and you can only stay depressed and grieve for so long, you have to get up, make something happen. Things happen to people who make them happen."