Meet Denise

Story submitted by: Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board

Workforce Challenge

Denise was unemployed for 3 years after the manufacturing company where she worked eliminated its Santa Fe Springs facility.

Workforce Solution

Denise started going to the SELACO WIB in Cerritos to use its job search services. Her career counselor encouraged Denise to attend every workshop available. "I was hesitant and fearful at first, but in the end I was grateful for the push. I am a more marketable person for it,” said Denise.

Denise regained confidence by attending the Steps to Economic and Personal Success (STEPS) seminar and a Dress for Success workshop. “The Toastmasters Club at SELACO WIB is another program that fostered confidence and enhanced my communication skills. Toastmasters was full of encouraging and gracious members, and amazing mentors,” she shared.

With WIA funds, Denise also attended New Horizons Learning Center for a Microsoft Office course. Completing this training made her a more competitive job seeker.

Outcomes & Benefits

Denise recently accepted a role as the Administrative Assistant to the Director of Operations for Teledyne Controls in El Segundo, CA. “SELACO WIB met my every need during my time of unemployment. I am truly grateful for the staff which at times went above and beyond their duties," said Denise. "I am confident that the skills I accumulated through SELACO WIB will play a major role in my success. Although I am glad to be employed, I will miss everyone at the Career Center.”

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