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San Mateo County Workforce Investment Board

Meet an Aspiring Caregiver

Workforce Challenge

A 27 year old woman, married with 3 young children, was facing significant challenges. She had been out of work for almost two years; her husband lost his job; the family was on CalWorks; and they had to move out of their apartment. The client had worked previously as a food server making $9.00 per hour.

Workforce Solution

This jobseeker came to the PeninsulaWorks One-Stop, attended orientation and met with a caseworker. During the intake meeting, she mentioned that she enjoyed helping people. After some research, she decided she would like to be a Certified Nursing Assistant, as this would provide her with a good career path in an area she enjoyed.

Through the WIA-funded training program, she began the Certified Nursing Assistant coursework, and at the urging of her case worker also took Acute Care Training.

During her training, she received additional support from the Children’s Fund for food and household items, and her caseworker helped match her with a part-time position as a caregiver.

As her training continued, the client also attended several job related workshops, and her case manager continued to provide resources and support so she would be prepared to enter the job market.

By receiving these extra supports, resources, and referrals, and because of her own commitment and focus, she received her certification as a Nursing Assistant.

Outcomes & Benefits

The week the client completed her training, she was hired full time as a certified nursing assistant making $15.20 per hour, an increase of 59% over her previous hourly wage.

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