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Orange County One Stop Center, Westminster

Meet Abbie*

Workforce Challenge

Abbie* was a single parent who needed assistance finding employment. Being out of work for two years, she was considered long-term unemployed and was receiving welfare. Abbie had a bachelors degree and had extensive experience in human resources, as well as business math, but the long period of not working was a barrier to getting re-hired. She came to the Westminster One Stop to find a job and get off public assistance.

Workforce Solution

At the Center, Abbie enrolled in the On The Job Training/Work Experience (OJT/WEX) Program. She was placed in a short term assignment to work at Goodwill Industries in the HR Department.
During this time, Abbie was also enrolled in the WIA program for additional job search assistance and supportive services.

Outcomes & Benefits

Abbie completed her Work Experience assignment at Goodwill and was hired on as an Employment Training Specialist, making $15 per hour. Abbie is very grateful for the opportunities and assistance our programs provided for her. She is now out of the welfare system and back to work.

*Fictitious Name

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