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Arizona Women's Education and Employment

Reason to Smile

Workforce Challenge

When Curleshia came to the ASPIRE youth program, a WIA-funded program that seeks to provide young adults with employment and training opportunities, she was unsure of what her options were and how she could go about building a sustainable future for herself. Although she was a young woman wth drive and ambition, she was having a difficult time finding the resources and venues to turn that ambition into a career that she could support herself with and be proud of, since she had little training or skills to assist her in her dream of being self-sufficient and successful.

Workforce Solution

Through Workforce Investment Act-funded training, Curleshia was able to attend a training course at a well-rated academy for Dental Assistants. She was also offered support for books and fees in her classes at a local community college and attended workshops to improve her resume creation, job search and interviewing skills.

Outcomes & Benefits

Curleshia's training provided her a foot in the door to a fast-growing sector of the medical field. Thanks to the job search knowledge she gained by participating in workshops and classes, Curleshia has found a part-time job as a Dental Assistant where they are impressed with her work ethic. She is also attending community college to earn her associates degree and work towards the option of a further degree in the future.

The opportunities afforded to this participant have fulfilled the highest promise of programs in the workforce development field; allowing people to find it in themselves to create the best future they are capable of achieving.

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