Meet Alyssa

Story submitted by: San Bernardino County Workforce Investment Board

Workforce Challenge

When 19-year-old Alyssa Borgfield of San Bernardino graduated from high school she had no hope and no plan for her future. She was kicked out of her home and living with friends. She didn’t have the grades or the financial resources to go to college to pursue her dream of becoming a registered nurse and she did not have the experience to qualify for a part-time job.

Workforce Solution

Alyssa enrolled at the PAL (Provisional Accelerated Learning) Center, where she met a mentor who really cared about her. She was given intensive career training and tutoring through a series of workshops called "Making Your Future Count." These workshops where the result of a partnership between the Workforce Investment Board of San Bernardino County and and they were designed to guide youth to a career path that best suits there strengths. The program also instructs youth on how to access community colleges, universities, vocational schools, financial aid, and job placement.

Outcomes & Benefits

Alyssa now has a place to live and a second place to call home at PAL. With the support of her mentor and fellow students, she is confident that she will pass her skills test and qualify for a paid certified nursing assistant training program. “The PAL Center and the workshop helped me see beyond the obstacles that were in front of me and gave me the tools to create a plan to achieve my goal,” Alyssa beams proudly.

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