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The WorkPlace, Inc.

Meet Priscilla

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Workforce Challenge

When Priscilla Santiago was laid off from her job of 17 years as a warehouse clerk/forklift operator, she was left with a feeling of despair, as she had planned to work until retirement at that company. At age 59, she wondered what she was going to do. She had no high school diploma and felt her job options were limited. “I dropped out of school at age 16 due to a traumatic event, and I put school on the back burner. Now with no high school diploma and no job, I had to do something,” said Priscilla.

Workforce Solution

Priscilla was referred to the One-Stop where she was encouraged to take GED classes and participate in a computer workshop. “What I found most challenging was going back to school at my age, sitting in a classroom with people who were younger than me, and praying that I could pass the classes, not get discouraged and drop out. Thanks to the support, and encouragement of not just family (who will support you anyway) but the staff in the One-Stop, not only did I get my GED, but I went to Housatonic Community College where I graduated with honors with an Associate’s degree in Human Services, and became a member of Phi Theta Kappa, and Psi Beta."

Outcomes & Benefits

Priscilla went on share: "From there, I attended Post University where I received (on my 63rd birthday in May, 2010) my Baccalaureate degree with honors in Human Services. I am now happily employed. The One-Stop provided me with the resources, and opportunities to improve myself as well as my situation. I got the push, and the confidence (with the help of some very encouraging people) that I needed to help me discover my hidden abilities to accomplish more than I ever thought possible.” Congratulations, Priscilla!

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