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Meet Kathy

Workforce Challenge

In April 2014, Kathy received notice that her position as a lab aide, that she had held for over eight years, was terminated. For the previous six months she had been fighting a detached retina. Each time she was on the mend, her retina would detach again and she was unable to return to work. She was released from her job. Several months later, her eye finally stabilized, and her doctors allowed her to search for work. At 55 Kathy was worried about her chances of finding a good paying job.

Workforce Solution

Kathy was getting desperate. She still had not been offered job even though she had applied for many. She received a letter to attend a Links to Reemployment meeting. There she learned about the other services that the Workforce had to offer, such as resume services and the WIOA Program. Kathy began working with Tia Lee, WIOA counselor, to update her resume and broaden her application pool. She had a few interviews after starting the WIOA program, but none of them produced a job; Montezuma Co. Ext Office needed to hire an Administrative Assistant to replace their retiring assistant but had not budgeted to pay a trainee and their current assistant. An OJT for the training period was the answer.

Outcomes & Benefits

The county was thrilled to accept the offer. The OJT was ready to go, just in time for Thanksgiving. Kathy’s first day at work would be December 2nd. Now, Kathy is working at her new job and is happier than ever. The county extension office has new events every month that she will have to learn to manage and maintain aspects of, such as the Farmer’s Market, the 4-H club, the Montezuma County Fair, and gardening classes. She feels that she is back to her roots in an office environment.

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