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County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board

Meet Candice

Workforce Challenge

Born to a family of eight, Candice experienced a childhood of foster care, homelessness, and abuse. In high school, she got pregnant and after leaving her abusive boyfriend, chose to raise the child alone. Candice wanted to go to college for nursing but could not afford to attend. Realizing she instead needed to find a job immediately, she attended a job fair.

Workforce Solution

At the job fair, Candice met a coordinator from Goodwill Industries, a County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board youth provider. The coordinator encouraged Candice to enroll in the youth program. Motivated, Candice immediately joined the program and began to work toward her goals.

Candice shared, “Throughout the program, I could see how my skills were being built. I learned how to dress professionally, how to talk to people, and how to build my resume. It helped me get a start.” She continued, “I wanted to be a registered nurse, but I didn’t have the money. The County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Board gave me the chance to join a certified nursing program that has helped me get on the career path to being a registered nurse one day.”

Outcomes & Benefits

Today, Candice is working as certified nursing assistant and volunteers at a career resource center.

“It’s hard for me because I’m a single mom, but I have found a job! I’m going to make it because I know I always have the Workforce Investment Board’s support. I now know that I’m equipped with the skills I need to find and keep a job."

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