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Meet Kelsey

Workforce Challenge

Kelsey was an 18-year-old high school drop out with limited life experience and limited work experience. She was also a mother of a four-month-old son. Kelsey was interested in bettering her situation through training; however, she could not afford the tuition or training-related costs to enter into the nurse aid program. She had long term goals of going into nursing.

Workforce Solution

Kelsey was provided with a one-on-one orientation about the WIOA out of school youth program and extensive assistance through out the application process. However, the vocational guidance did not stop there as Kelsey had limited life experience and was finding herself overwhelmed with navigating all the additional systems in order to register for school, obtain the background check and her DMVR--all of which was required prior to being accepted to the nurse aid program. Her career coach patiently worked her through all these obstacles. Furthermore, because these expenses were offset through WIOA funding, Kelsey was able to start training in October, 2017!

Outcomes & Benefits

While there were challenges during training, Kelsey was able to complete the nurse aid program at the local community college in December, 2017! She was hired at a local long-term care nursing home and is building work skills in her field. She is now awaiting her school documents so she can move forward in obtaining her license through the state of Colorado. While she was nervous about that, after speaking to her career coach, she found out we can help with that as well! Way to go Kelsey!

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