Alena from Chicago, IL

Eager to advance my career as a Nail Technician! I need to reinstate my license.

I need 20 continuing education hours to reinstate my Nail Technician license in Illinois. Once I get my license, I'll be able to work in my field!


I am a mother of four looking to get back into working as a Nail Technician. After losing my job in another state and moving to Illinois, I am hoping to get back on my feet and provide for my family as we move into a new apartment.

My goal is to reinstate my Nail Technician license in the state of Illinois. Having my license will move me forward toward achieving my dream of opening a mobile nail salon that will help others who have been in my situation.

I need 20 continuing education credit hours to get my license. I have found classes that will help me meet that requirement, but my wages from my part-time job are not enough to cover the registration cost.

Meeting this need will help me because I will be able to work as a Nail Technician in the state of Illinois. From there, I can gain capital and experience, and with the help of my community I should be able to open my mobile salon.

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Validated by Kayla from Center for Changing Lives (What does this mean?)

Alena and I have been working together over the last month as she and her family transition out of homelessness. She has participated in Center for Changing Lives' job readiness program, as well as our one-on-one housing and financial coaching services. Alena is a hard-working, creative and responsible person with some amazing goals. I know that once she gets her Nail Technician license reinstated she will be ecstatic to share her talents with others.

About Kayla

I am a Housing and Financial Coach with Center for Changing Lives. I partner with clients in a thought-provoking and creative process that inspires them to maximize their personal and professional potential, which is particularly important in today’s uncertain and complex environment. Coaches honor… Read more