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Like Mother, Like Son: How Two Ray County Residents Achieved Success

Benjamin Glenn, of Richmond, knew he wanted to pursue a career in law enforcement because he wanted to be a good role model to his own kids - the way his mom has been a good role model to him. Benjamin was driving a forklift to support his family, but felt the need to serve his community as a police officer. To do so, he needed to attend police training through the University of Central Missouri and obtain his POST certification. The UCM Police Academy encouraged Benjamin to seek support and funding help through the Full Employment Council. Benjamin qualified for debt-free tuition and supportive services through the WIOA Youth Program.

He attended the Police Academy from January through June, studying diligently. He passed all his POST certification exams, and accepted a position with the Excelsior Springs Police Department upon graduation. He then later accepted a position with the Ray County Sheriff's Department, serving the community in which he was born and raised. Below: Clay County provided a necessary assist to the Ray County Sheriff's Department following a stand-off situation. Benjamin Glenn is the 6th officer from the right.

Kristy Glenn, Benjamin's mother, also wanted to serve her community, but in a different capacity than her law enforcement officer son. Instead, Kristy wanted to further her career in healthcare.

In 2009, Kristy was diagnosed with breast cancer, and promised herself that when she was cancer-free, she would go back to school to become a Licensed Practical Nurse. At 41, she was one of the oldest in her class at Lex La-Ray Technical School, but she didn't let that bother her. She's now working as an LPN in her hometown of Richmond, making $23 an hour.

"I am very thankful for all the help from the FEC," said Kristy. "I went from living from paycheck to paycheck, to now advancing my career and living comfortably."

Right: Kristy Glenn, FEC graduate, nurse, and mother of Benjamin Glenn.

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