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Workforce Development Board of South Central Wisconsin

Meet Jessica

Workforce Challenge

Jessica had been unemployed for three years when she first enrolled in the Workforce Investment Act program in summer of 2010. She was interested in going to school to become a Certified Nursing Assistant, but she was struggling with getting the necessary test scores to qualify for the CNA training program.

Workforce Solution

To improve her test scores, Jessica enrolled in some adult basic education classes at the Dane County Job Center, but she also wanted to break her long spell of unemployment. After working with the WIA program for a year, Jessica’s case manager referred her to the Transitional Jobs program. Transitional Jobs is a program that provides eligible participants with an immediate income, an opportunity to develop the skills and work experience their local labor market demands, and a positive work history.

Outcomes & Benefits

Through Transitional Jobs, Jessica was placed in a food service position at a non-profit organization in Madison called Operation Fresh Start. Jessica is really enjoying her work and her supervisors are so pleased with her progress that they have hired her on permanently beyond her six-month Transitional Jobs placement.

Jessica plans to continue working part-time, but is also working to complete her GED and still has her sights set on pursuing a career in health care within the next two years.

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