Horn said she experienced challenges in the beginning, considering she had no background in welding. She did enroll in a nine-month entrepreneurial program through the Joseph Business School, and Horn felt the knowledge she acquired matched any four-year program.
"They taught you legalities, marketing, finances, feasibility reports, profit and loss," Horn said.
Still, 24 hours after purchasing the Illinois Welding School, Horn had to fire her first employee. And then she dealt with creditors, aging equipment and the daunting task of expanding the school when she only had a few instructors and students.
By March of 2009, Horn decided she'd had enough.
"I said, 'Lord, this has been fun, but I'm out of here,'" Horn said. "This is more than I candle handle. I'm twisting and turning all night, and I'm through.'"
Then in her mind, Horn heard the words, "What about the students?" And she rationalized by thinking, "I'll help them find jobs. I'll help in any way I can. But I'm done."
And then Horn heard again, "What about the students?"