Meet Minelva

Story submitted by: Northeast San Fernando Valley WorkSource Center

Workforce Challenge

Minelva’s story is similar to many job seekers in the San Fernando Valley. For 17 years, she worked as a packager and quality checker and she felt secure in her position. Although losing a job can be devastating, when she was laid off, she decided to try to continue her education and learn different skills.

Workforce Solution

Minelva came to the Northeast San Fernando Valley WorkSource Center and met with a WIA Case Manager in July 2008. They developed a plan and Minelva received funding to attend the Pacoima Skills Center for Computer Operator/Software applications, where she enrolled in Saturday classes. In addition, she obtained her GED from the Los Angeles Unified School District and received the “Spirit Award” for her efforts.

Outcomes & Benefits

In August 2009, she was hired part time by the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) and Kohl’s Department Store. A few months later, Minelva accepted full-time job at the same LAUSD Elementary School. She also attends evening school at Los Angeles Valley College to receive a Certificate in Special Education.

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