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South Bay WIB / ProPath, Inc.

Meet Michelle

Workforce Challenge

Michelle came to the Westminster One-Stop after being laid off from Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) in June 2012. She was in the middle of a difficult divorce and facing the foreclosure of her home. In addition, she had three children, plus she had taken in two children from a family member and was trying to support them as well.

Workforce Solution

Michelle had been inspired to become a teacher by her experience as a young immigrant with her first elementary teacher in the U.S. Michelle was dealing with some academic and behavioral issues with her son. These struggles raised her awareness of the need for special education teachers. She was interested in developing curriculum for students with learning challenges that would help them learn and keep them engaged. Michelle and her counselor developed a plan to help her obtain certification in special education. Michelle enrolled in the Special Education Teaching Credential Program at Cal State University of Los Angeles (CSULA) and began her program in September 2012.

Outcomes & Benefits

During her training Michelle maintained a 4.0 GPA and never missed a class. As the result of her hard work and dedication, Michelle is now back and working as a teacher. Last summer, Michelle said, “This is the first summer I don’t have to worry about money and still have time to enjoy my kids.” Michelle expressed her appreciation to the WIA program as it has helped her further her education and obtain employment. Michelle is truly an inspiration and role model!

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