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Meet MaryAnn

Workforce Challenge

MaryAnn became a single parent in 2011 after a divorce. Prior to the divorce, she'd be a stay-at-home mother for 12 years. She started a part time job but was only making minimum wage. She needed to do something to provide a better life for my four children. MaryAnn decided to go to the Law Enforcement Training Academy at Otero Junior College. She applied for all the grants and loans for which she was qualified, but it was not enough to cover the tuition and the supplies needed.

Workforce Solution

MaryAnn came to the workforce center for assistance. She qualified for enrollment into the Workforce Investment Act adult program, which assisted her with funding for the tuition gap and the supposed needed, as well as gas money to travel to school.

Outcomes & Benefits

MaryAnn graduated from the Law Enforcement Training Academy in December 2012, and was named to the President’s Honor List for the fall semester of 2012. "I am now employed as a Peace Officer for the Town of Granada. I have gotten my family off food stamps and off housing assistance, and I am now able to get my kids new clothes and buy their school pictures without help. This program has truly changed our lives and we are very grateful for the WIA program," shared MaryAnn.

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