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Northwest Region-Rural Consortium

Meet Megan

Workforce Challenge

Megan is a 28 year old job seeker who began coming into the Steamboat Springs Workforce Center in May 2014. Job hunting was challenging because she is in CAPS (Correctional Alternative Placement) in Craig, CO so travel is limited and her schedule is difficult to plan. She also needed a certain amount of wages per week for fees payable to the Craig facility. The main challenge was finding employers that would hire her with her criminal record and finding a job that accommodated the hours she was available.

Workforce Solution

Steamboat Springs staff worked closely with Megan to create an updated resume. As the resume was completed, Megan began to see that she had many skills, and she started to gain confidence in her abilities. Workforce staff continued with job search and application coaching, and worked with Megan to set goals for applying to jobs as well as to determine what would match her abilities, meet CAPS requirements, and allow for a higher wage. Together they decided that applying for restaurant and food service jobs would be her best bet in getting hired where the hours and wage could match her requirements.

Outcomes & Benefits

Due to Megan’s positive attitude and hard work, she was soon offered two jobs in one weeks’ time. One company offered to hire for the night shift, but CAPS would not allow her to be gone during overnight hours. A local restaurant offered a daytime position and Megan accepted. Megan is very happy in the position and knows she has taken a big step in the right direction. She continues to upgrade her skills and set goals for advancement.

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