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Meet Atilana

Workforce Challenge

Atilana, a mother of five children, was unemployed with no real job skills or career path. Facing tough economic times, she knew she had to make a change so that her family would have a bright future. She felt furthering her education was the answer, but she was unsure if she could afford it or even be able to graduate.

Workforce Solution

Atilana attended the interview and resume job search skills workshops held at the Employment Resource Center, which provided her with the confidence, self-esteem and optimism she needed. The employees supported her and encouraged her to pursue her dreams of starting a career in insurance billing. Atilana knew education was the first step, and Workforce Investment Act Funds made it possible by offering financial assistance for her to enter training.

Outcomes & Benefits

Although school was challenging at times, Atilana graduated with presidential honors and perfect attendance. With a degree, she was now able to focus on obtaining a job and providing for her family without worrying about student loan debt. She is now working full time as an Insurance Billing Specialist at Air Methods.


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