During Program Year 2022, SC Works partnered with USC Union to provide supportive services to students enrolled in in-demand occupational programs. Makenzie was enrolled in the Bachelor of Science in Nursing program at USC Union, which is in partnership with the USC Aiken Campus. She was working part time at the Union Medical Center and continuing to complete the academic portion of her degree program. Given the prices of books and all required items needed to be successful, she reached out for financial assistance that SC Works offers.

She was enrolled into the WIOA Program and quickly completed the requirements to obtain supportive services. The program was able to support her and provide required items for training, such as an iPad, shoes and uniforms for clinicals, books and transportation reimbursement for attending physical classes and clinicals.

Makenzie successfully completed her degree program and graduated in August of 2023 with a Bachelor of Science in Nursing. She continues to work at Union Medical Center and once she is certified, she will be promoted into a new role as a Registered Nurse.