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Northwest Piedmont Workforce Development Board


Meet Melissa

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Workforce Challenge

Melissa Maltba was laid off from her job in the retail home furnishing industry. While pulling into the parking lot at the Forsyth County JobLink, she was feeling like a statistic. Melissa was hoping to continue her education by going to back to college to finish her Bachelors degree, but she was unsure about the future now that she was unemployed.

Workforce Solution

A JobLink Coordinator happened to be walking by as Melissa stood in line. He heard Melissa share her story with others and stopped to answer a few of her questions. He directed her to a twice-daily WIA information session/orientation. Very quickly, Melissa learned about the qualifications for enrollment into the WIA Program. Later, Melissa met Jeff Mosley, her career facilitator, whom she credits with giving her the courage to move forward with her dream.

Outcomes & Benefits

By August, WIA funding had helped her enroll at UNCG in the Bachelor of Liberal Studies Program as a Junior. Better still, her classes are taken online, which has given her the flexibility for a seasonal part-time job in the home furnishing industry as an interior designer. Melissa has no doubt that her degree and extra part-time experience will enhance her career opportunities in her field. She's thankful to WIA and to the JobLink staff for taking the time to help her achieve her goals.


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