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Meet Edie*

Workforce Challenge

Edie* had spent the majority of her career in manufacturing and had been through many company closures. After her last layoff, however, her plant closed and moved the jobs overseas, and she found it even harder to find a new job. She came to Workforce Santa Cruz for assistance.

Workforce Solution

Edie was eligible for Trade Adjustment Act funds, and after counseling and assessments by the workforce staff, she decided to change careers and enter the medical field. Edie enrolled in training to become a Surgical Technician. The training was intense, and required her to commute an hour each way, 4 days a week. However, this did not deter her from her new goal.

Outcomes & Benefits

Edie successfully completed her training and was quickly hired by the largest local hospital in Santa Cruz. She now works as a Surgical Technician and enjoys knowing she is in a more stable profession.



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