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Denver Workforce Development Board

Meet Yesenia

Workforce Challenge

When Yesenia, single mother of two, came to Denver Workforce Services, she was homeless and out of work for over seven months. She was only one semester away from completing her Medical Assistant program. Her goal of a healthcare career seemed a million miles away: Yesenia couldn’t afford tuition and didn’t qualify for a Pell Grant since she wasn't able to pay the outstanding balance on previous student loans. In addition to tuition costs, she couldn’t even afford the gas to get to and from school.

Workforce Solution

Alisa at Denver Workforce assisted Yesenia to secure a $3,000 WIOA Dislocated Worker grant to pay for her final semester of school. Alisa also connected Yesenia with WIOA funded supportive services to provide gas cards to assist with transportation costs. If Yesenia completed her final semester of the Medical Assistant Program, Alisa knew that an additional $149 in WIOA funds would be available to pay for the national Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA) exam.

Outcomes & Benefits

Yesenia successfully completed training and passed the CCMA exam. She found employment as a Medical Assistant with Salud Family Centers and was eligible for healthcare insurance after 90 days. When Alisa followed up, Yesenia was confident she had selected a career that will offer continuous professional growth and wage gain. Although Yesenia still resides with her family, she knows she's on the road to self-sufficiency and a home of her own for herself and her children.

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