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Anoka County Job Training Center

Meet Weltee

Workforce Challenge

Weltee Wolo was a 17 year old junior at Anoka High School when she enrolled in the WIA Youth Program. Weltee and her family were refugees to the United States and their family of seven struggled financially. Weltee also faced an extra challenge of not having English as her primary language. However, Weltee had a personal goal to become a nurse and she was determined to work hard to achieve this goal.

Workforce Solution

Weltee continued to attend high school full time and received case management services through the WIA program. She was placed in a work experience at a local senior care center as a Recreational Therapy Assistant where she assisted residents during their social therapies. She quickly became an important part of the staff there and the seniors benefited from her work. Her job duties expanded to help with meal times for the residents.

As she continued her work experience at the senior center, she completed her coursework to become a Certified Nursing Assistant and attended a customized program through the Job Training Center called “Bridges to Healthcare”. This two month class was designed to help strengthen students' reading, writing, math and computer skills and centered on entry-level heath care jobs.

Outcomes & Benefits

As a result of her participation in the summer youth program she was hired by her employer, first as a Recreational Therapy Assistant and then as a CNA. She completed the Bridges to Healthcare program with perfect attendance, passed her CNA test, and has made a successful transition to a local post-secondary college. She is now enrolled in their Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) program.

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