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Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council

Meet Kristi

Workforce Challenge

In 2009, Kristi was laid off from her position with a local aircraft company. Due to the decline in the local economy and aviation industry, Kristi was unable to find employment in her field. Kristi is a single mother, and lacked the financial resources to enroll in any type of training or college courses while only receiving unemployment insurance.

Workforce Solution

The Oregon Workforce Alliance/Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC) supported Kristi with job search assistance, and she was later awarded a scholarship for tuition and books. Kristi enrolled in the Dental Assistant program at Central Oregon Community College, and also received assistance in the form of support services to help fill gaps in her budget while attending training.

Outcomes & Benefits

After completing her Dental Assistant certification, Kristi gained full-time employment with a local dental office. She is making $15/hour and able to pay all of her bills.

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