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Workforce Alliance, Inc.

Meet Olga

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Workforce Challenge

As a single mother with a two-year old at home, finding employment was difficult for Olga Martin. Since she couldn't afford a baby-sitter or child care, Olga was forced to resort to public assistance. After a visit to the Workforce Alliance Career Center and enrollment in the Welfare Transition Program she saw a way out of her predicament. "I qualified for referral to a day care center for my child and then I had the time I needed to get out and apply for a job and start earning a paycheck."

Workforce Solution

Olga started work as a manicurist and said, "My finances are now much more manageable and I feel like a heavy load has been lifted from my shoulders. This is good, for now, but is not the career that I am looking for." Olga has a high school diploma from Lake Worth High School where she took courses in computers and business as well as ROTC. She is now applying for a training grant from Workforce Alliance.

Outcomes & Benefits

A training grant will allow Olga to pursue studies to become a paralegal and will be her start toward a professional career and a higher level of self-sufficiency. "Not being able to afford a baby-sitter or child care was a big hurdle for me, and the Workforce Alliance program got me past it. Now, I'm just waiting for the training grant to come through. Things look good!"

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