I was a high school dropout. However, I knew in my heart that I wanted an education and did not want to be labeled as a "dropout" so I began taking Business Education Classes at Lanier Technical College when I was 17. I finished with a degree in Business Education in one year and took the GED. At 18 years old, I applied for and was selected for a position with the State of Georgia. I worked as a clerk/typist with the Department of Juvenile Justice for 18 years. This department is where students who had been in trouble with the law were sent instead of being sent to jail with adult prisoners. I felt this was interesting and rewarding work. I was promoted to Senior Secretary and later promoted to Administrative Services Supervisor at the Athens Regional Youth Detention Center.
After several years at the RYDC, I decided I wanted to try a different kind of work and I applied for and was selected for a transfer to Vocational Rehabilitation. Vocational Rehabilitation works with senior high school students, college students and adults who have disabilities and want to go to work. They may have to be trained in subjects areas where they want to work. VR helps to provide work assessments and evaluations, develop work plans, help with training, provide vocational counseling and help locate jobs for clients. My job with VR was Administrative Operations Manager and I did work for the VR staff like provide human resources services and benefits for employees; recruit, interview and hire new employees; provide personnel instructions to managers and the district director; and maintain a budget for a district comprised of 13 counties. I worked with several different computer programs like Windows Word, Excel, PowerPoint, internet, email and several interoffice computer programs.
I worked for the State of Georgia for 34 years and am now retired. I have had the opportunity to do some of the things I want to do as a retiree but feel that I am ready to return to part-time work. I have always loved to help my children and grandchildren learn to read and also, at times, helped the teacher at the RYDC with teaching students to read. I feel it is very rewarding to see children when they learn to read. I was a high school dropout. However, I knew in my heart that I wanted an education and did not want to be labeled as a "dropout" so I began taking Business Education Classes at Lanier Technical College when I was 17. I finished with a degree in Business Education in one year and took the GED. At 18 years old, I applied for and was selected for a
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