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County of San Bernardino Workforce Investment Boar


Meet Susan

Workforce Challenge

When Susan came to the Workforce Investment Board’s Employment Resource Center, she felt hopeless. Despite being a former recruiter, she had received only five interviews since being released from her job in April 2012.

Workforce Solution

At the Employment Resource Center, Susan was introduced to Barbara Luna-Martinez. Barbara interviewed Susan and assisted with her job search. Barbara spoke to Susan about training for a new field. Susan’s previous medical administration experience could augment a career in nursing. Interestingly, this had been Susan’s dream for more than twenty years.

Initially, Susan felt intimidated because she had not been in school for years and could not afford training. Plus, she was 52 years old. Barbara helped Susan research and apply for tuition assistance through the WIA Program. Within one week Susan was enrolled in the Licensed Vocational Nurse Program at Summit Career College.

Outcomes & Benefits

“If not for this opportunity I may have had to work a job that had me living at the poverty level,” shares Susan. “Today, I believe in myself. I am gaining new skills and confidence to re-enter the job market.”

Susan is currently working to become a licensed vocational nurse and achieving excellent grades. Her goal is to complete the coursework and move on towards a registered nurse degree.


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