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San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board


From Laid-Off to In-Demand

Workforce Challenge

In February 2010, a 50+ year old female worker with over 15 years of project management experience was laid off from the company where she had worked for many years as the IT Director/Project Manager. During the first few months she actively looked for a new job, but was not able to even get an interview. In her search she noted that although she had many years of experience and met most skill requirements, the positions available also required specialized certifications such as PMP (Project Management Professional) or Scrum (an agile development methodology), which she did not have.

Workforce Solution

She heard about WIA and the training and services offered through San Mateo PeninsulaWorks One Stops. She realized that if she could get the training and certification she needed she would have a better chance to get a job. After attending the orientation, she met with a case worker and learned that she qualified for the WIA funding. Working together, they identified a training program that would prepare her for certification.

Outcomes & Benefits

The client started her Project Management training in May, and passed both PMP and Scrum Certifications in July. Within 3 weeks of receiving the certifications, she was offered full-time employment as a Senior Project Manager, making $120K annually plus benefits. Even after she accepted the position, she was contacted by three other companies for interviews. The use of WIA funds made this candidate more marketable and put her back to work quickly.


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