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Rural Consortium-Upper Arkansas

Meet Kathleen

Workforce Challenge

The sequestration ordered by the United States government caught Kathleen by surprise and affected her life in ways she never would have imagined. At 62 years old, she was looking forward to a retirement doing a job she loved and thought she would stay with for the rest of her working life. Now, as a relatively recent widow, Kathleen was out of work in a plummeting economy.
Her two-year struggle to find a full-time, regular job almost cost her everything: the family farm and her house that was quickly falling into disrepair. On top of everything else, Kathleen’s identity was stolen.
Kathleen was convinced that age played a major factor in her inability to land regular employment. Kathleen was able to find a few short-term jobs that kept her from going completely under financially, but, despite being a regular fixture at the Cañon City Workforce Center, she wasn’t able to find a regular, permanent job. Her two Master degrees and over forty years of experience in nursing didn’t pay the burgeoning pile of bills.

Workforce Solution

Then Kathleen’s fortune changed due to one observant, diligent Colorado Department of Labor and Employment team member at the Cañon City Workforce Center. As part of her normal routine, Kathleen had just completed several online applications the day before. She arrived at the Cañon City office dispirited and gloomy. It felt as if the applications she was sending in were finding their way into a black hole of the employment universe, never to be seen again by human eyes.
One of the Labor and Employment Specialists excitedly told Kathleen about a nursing job that had just arrived on the employment web site minutes before. Kathleen dutifully applied while thinking that “here is one more online application to feed the black employment abyss.” It was a nursing job at McCandless Veteran’s Nursing facility in Florence.

Outcomes & Benefits

Kathleen got the job.
Now, Kathleen’s future is looking much brighter as she starts her new job as a Registered Nurse, in her words, “taking care of our heroes who have given so much to take care of all of us.”
Kathleen is a testament that diligence will be rewarded sooner or later.

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