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Central Oklahoma Workforce Investment Board

Meet Taylor

Workforce Challenge

Taylor was a 19 year old with a young child when she heard about the WIA Youth Program. She was a high school graduate, living on her own and receiving Department of Human Services assistance. She had worked sporadically at minimum wage retail jobs. Taylor enrolled in the WIA Youth program in May, 2009 through the Eastside Workforce office in Oklahoma City as a step toward pursuing a dental assistant degree. She had no way of paying for the program on her own and hoped to receive assistance.

Workforce Solution

Taylor said that she had been interested in Dental Assisting for some time, and when she learned that the Youth Program could assist with her training, she immediately began checking into various programs, selecting Francis Tuttle Technology Center for her education. Through the Youth Program, she was able to receive training assistance funds to pay for her tuition, books and supplies and scrubs so she could attend Dental Assistant courses at Francis Tuttle Technology Center. Taylor completed her program in May, 2010.

Outcomes & Benefits

Shortly after graduation, she obtained full-time employment at a dental office. When asked about her new career, Taylor said enthusiastically, “I love it!” Taylor is now able to support herself and her child, and has a career with a bright future.

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