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Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin

Meet Amanda

Workforce Challenge

Dane County resident Amanda was having trouble finding employment due to the economic downturn as well as several personal barriers such as lack of a driver's license and reliable transportation. She also lacked specialized job skills and had been working various entry-level positions, her last one being a janitor for KleenMark of Madison.

Workforce Solution

Amanda turned to Human Services of Stoughton for help with her job search, where she worked closely with staff who helped connect her with both the WIA program and the Transitional Jobs program run through the Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin. With financial aid offered by the WIA program, Amanda was able to enroll in a training program at Madison College to become a Certified Nursing Assistant. The Transitional Jobs program placed her in a full-time, though temporary, position as a Clerical Assistant for Stoughton United Methodist Church, where she is learning useful new job skills in the secretarial field. The Transitional Jobs position is helping her earn a steady wage while in training for her new career.

Outcomes & Benefits

After completing her CNA training, Amanda is hoping to find a full-time position in the nursing field, and due to the high demand for CNAs, she is feeling very optimistic. Eventually she hopes to return to school to become a Registered Nurse, but in the meantime she is happy just to stabilize life for herself and her young daughter.

"This program is the most wonderful thing that I could ever imagine," she said. "Without it, I don't know where I'd be now or what I'd be doing."

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