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New Hampshire Office of Workforce Opportunity

Meet Karen

Workforce Challenge

Karen is 56 years old, single, and self-supporting with only one year of college. She had been out of work for two years. Her previous job was Director of Marketing earning $65,000 a year. When she walked into the NH Works office in July 2009, Karen had used up all available unemployment, her 401K, and most of her savings. She did not have medical insurance, felt like the world no longer needed her, and that she was no longer of value. She could not stop crying, let alone get out of bed and perform basic activities of daily living. Somehow she had the strength to reach out one more time.

Workforce Solution

When she came to the office, it was clear she needed attention beyond WIA. The WIA Counselor called the local health clinic and got her in to see a health professional immediately. The WIA Counselor worked with Karen providing career counseling, including the development of a new employment plan. Karen followed the plan, continued with her medical counseling, and in two months was ready to tackle an intense training program to upgrade her skills and make her marketable again. Karen attended and completed the ARRA funded Web Design track at Blended Solutions in Manchester.

Outcomes & Benefits

She is now employed at ProspectHill Leads for Technology, in Nashua, NH, as their Marketing Director.

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