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The Success Story of Ann Lupton - WIA Funds at Work  

Ms. Lupton owned her own business for many years and decided in 1998 to sell the business and retire. She stayed at home from 1998–2008, became bored and decided she was not ready for retirement. Due to her sister’s illness with cancer and her allergies to the chemotherapy, Ms. Lupton began caring for her and researching alternative medicines. She developed a great interest in the health field. 

Although Ms. Lupton had a successful twenty-five years in accounting and a great enjoyment of working with numbers; she decided that she would go back to school and pursue the medical field. Ms. Lupton stated that at first “I had a lot of uncertainties and wasn’t sure if I had the ability to do this”. In spite of not being sure of how she would be perceived, or if she “would remember how to study after being out of school for fifty years” she began taking courses on line. “I decided it would be best for me to be in the classroom, since I am a more visual person”. With some hesitation, I began taking courses in the classroom. While in my class I overheard two students talking about WIA and so I inquired on where I could apply and was directed to go to the Georgia Department of Labor. She then went to the Georgia Department of Labor in Statesboro where she began working with Felicia Gibson as her One-Stop Career Advisor and later working with Jason Starling. “They both were very helpful in answering my questions and assisting me.” Ms. Lupton complimented Ogeechee Technical College on their instructors and staff and the personal treatment she received while in school there. She first received her Certificate in Medical Coding and returned to receive her Certificate in Medical Receptionist. She then went back to school to receive a Medical Assisting Diploma. Ms. Anne Lupton graduated from Ogeechee Technical College in March 2010 at the age of 70, with a GPA of 3.96. While in school Ms. Lupton held the position of Secretary for the National Technical Honor Society. Upon completion of her internship at Evans Memorial Hospital, Ms. Lupton was hired by Common Sense Solutions and currently works at the Evans Memorial Hospital in Claxton, GA, in the Health Information Management. Ms. Lupton has been divorced for twenty years, has two sons, and two grandsons. Her oldest son lives in Trenton, Georgia, the youngest son and her two grandsons live on the family farm near her. Ms. Lupton encourages women and men no matter what age they are to go to school.