Kandis was referred to our IPS (Individual Placement and Support) program this February. She lives with severe depression and anxiety, which has impacted her work history in a negative way.
After being employed in Thief River Falls at a large electronics corporation for 13 years, Kandis made the decision to further her education, attending school and earning her degree in medical coding as a medical administrative assistant and office specialist.
When she first entered the IPS program at ODC, she was employed at a medical clinic in Grand Forks, working as a medical administrative assistant in a casual position. While she was enjoying using her new skills in this job, what Kandis really wanted was a full-time position closer to home in Thief River Falls.
After visiting with our support staff and receiving practical advice and guidance, Kandis was able to revise and update her resume, fill out several applications and successfully prepare for job interviews. This ultimately led Kandis to receiving a job offer in Thief River Falls, which she was very happy to accept.
Kandis is now working in a full time position as an office manager and bookkeeper, and says she is happy to be able to support herself by doing something she enjoys.
She continues to utilize the supports provided by IPS to both aid in overcoming any challenges she may encounter and also to help reinforce the positive progress she continues to make in her daily life.
Through perseverance and personal drive, Kandis was able to recognize a need for improvement in her life and act on it by going back to school. The IPS program staff at ODC were there to provide the necessary supports and skills training to assist Kandis on her way to a new career.