Hello, my name is Marsha Hopkins and this is my testimony about my experience with the TN Reconnect program.

It was a year ago in March (2017) that I was abruptly laid off from my job after being on that job for almost 25 years. This occurred shortly after I had lost both my parents after being their main caregiver for several years. After all this happened in my life, I was totally lost with no direction. I was an emotional wreck and did not know what I was going to do to pick up the pieces. Being in the same position for 25 years, my job was so detail oriented for that position that I was not current in several aspects of the job market. I honestly did not know what I was going to do as I was the sole provider for my household. A friend of mine mentioned something to me about a program which turned out to be the Smoky Mountain TN Reconnect program. I got in touch with the program not really thinking it would apply to me. Everyone in the program was most helpful. On June 6, 2017, I received a welcome to TN Reconnect message from Lisa Jacobs, who was assigned as my success advisor. She has been incredible since that time with giving me updates on potential scholarships and words of encouragement. I have talked to several people: Terri Conduff, and Jamie Susong at Douglas Cherokee, who were also very helpful. I am currently in my second trimester at the Tennessee College of Applied Technology enrolled in the Administrative Office Technology program; and I so very thankful. I am incredibly thankful for Lisa, the program, and the opportunity to become a better person. So it is with gratitude that I give this testimony in support of the NT Reconnect program and the help it has been to me. Thank you!!!