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MCS/Hollywood WorkSource

Meet Maria

Workforce Challenge

As a Nurse Technician for 17 years with the same organization, Maria was laid off. With limited English, she was struggling to find a job. Maria attended a WorkSource orientation regarding the New Directions Grant. After the orientation, she wanted to sign-up for the program and obtain job search assistance.

Workforce Solution

Maria was assigned a case manager and together, they started to search for jobs. She also showed interest in training. Her case manager showed her the ETPL website and how to search for training programs.

During the first six months, Maria was consistently coming to the resource center 3-5 times a week for a minimum of two hours each time. She applied to many jobs and followed-up with the companies. However, employers were not interested in Maria, despite the number of available positions in her field. Many of the jobs she applied to desired an applicant with a Phlebotomy Technician License. She worked with WorkSource to start the Certified Phlebotomy Technician Program with LA Vocational Institute.

After she completed training, Maria returned to the center to apply for jobs, and obtain career counseling and resume assistance.

Outcomes & Benefits

Within three and a half months, Maria secured a position as a Certified Nurse Assistant for 24-Hour Medical Services.

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