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Denver Office of Economic Development

Meet Rebecca

Workforce Challenge

Rebecca has had many challenges in her life including being homeless, a mother at 16 and a high school drop-out. She needed assistance with completing high school and gaining work experience so that she could enter the workforce.

Workforce Solution

Rebecca enrolled in the year-round Youth WIA program and obtained her GED. While enrolled, she heard about the summer ARRA program. Rebecca completed the Pre-Professional Occupations in Healthcare program, earning certifications in Red Cross Universal Precautions, Healthcare Provider First Aid, CPR & AED, and ServSafe Food Preparation and Handling safety. Learning about healthcare in this program, volunteering at Denver Health and job shadowing at National Jewish Hospital, Rebecca decided she wanted to continue in the healthcare profession. Paying her own way, Rebecca enrolled at Emily Griffith Opportunity School in Denver and completed their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) program in the fall of 2009.

Outcomes & Benefits

At this time, Rebecca has passed the written portion of the state CNA test and is waiting to take the skills portion. Upon passing the state test, Rebecca has a job waiting for her at an assisted living facility to work as a CNA. Rebecca’s plans include continuing to work with the goal of continuing her education in healthcare and eventually becoming a registered nurse. She is especially interested in alternative/holistic healthcare and hopes to bring that focus to her work and to her community. Rebecca is an example of a great success of the ARRA summer youth program in Denver.

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