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Star Award for single mom of six who continues to pursue her dreams

For Immediate Release: November 2, 2017
Contact:  Freeholder Director Robert M. Damminger (856-853-3395) or
Freeholder Heather Simmons (856-853-3378) 

Star Award for single mom of six who continues to pursue her dreams 

(Deptford, NJ) – Christiana Chimezie, a single mother with six young children, was presented with the Star Award today from the Garden State Employment Training Association.  She was unable to attend the conference so she was presented with her award today at the Workforce Development Board meeting held at Auletto Catering. 

Terry Levins, an Employment Specialist at the American Job Center in Thorofare, had a client named Christiana Chimezie who was nominated to receive the Star Award at the Garden State Employment and Training Association Conference that was held in Atlantic City last month. 

Christiana is from Nigeria and has no family in the area. Christiana was working in a fast food restaurant to provide for her children but found it difficult with her earnings. She wanted to attend Certified Nursing Training so she could help people. Christiana did not have a driver's license, but was able to pass the test and obtain her license. Christiana utilized training through Gloucester County employment services and RCGC. Christiana arranged childcare for her children so she could attend training. 

Freeholder Heather Simmons, Liaison to the Workforce Development Board, said, "With education and dedication everything is possible.  Christiana, like everyone who lives in Gloucester County, has the opportunity to pursue their dreams, and she is putting her desires into action." 

She attended school full-time and also continued working. Christiana successfully completed Certified Nurses Assistant (CNA) training and passed the test. She is currently working as a CNA and is continuing her education to become a nurse. 

In photo: Les Vail, Gloucester County Chamber of Commerce, Freeholder Heather Simmons, Christiana Chimezie and Stephen Hart and Terry Levins from Gloucester County’s American Job Center.