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Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC)

Meet Susan

Workforce Challenge

Susan had worked as an Assistant Facilities Manager at a senior living facility. When that job ended, she found a "survival job" as a manager in a fast food restaurant, but was laid off again in January 2009 due to the economy. A "survival job" refers to a job someone takes after a layoff that is outside their previous field, but that helps them pay their bills and keep food on the table. With only a high school diploma and in a weak job economy, Susan searched diligently and was unable to find stable employment or even another survival job. Susan wanted work in a stable career field, but was unsure what field and how she would pay for training.

Workforce Solution

Central Oregon Intergovernmental Council (COIC)assisted Susan in finding a career that matched her interests, values, and abilities - Massage Therapy. Susan was awarded a scholarship via OWA/COIC to assist with the cost involved in obtaining her license as a massage therapist.

Outcomes & Benefits

Today, Susan is in practice for herself as an LMT (Licensed Massage Therapist) and has her Master's in NeuroKinetic Therapy. She also works part-time as the school's Federal Financial Aid Advisor which affords her an office within the school as part of her compensation. She is able to combine full practice with part-time work in financial aid for the school. Susan says, “I could not have accomplished all this without the help of the scholarship through OWA/COIC. I will be forever grateful."

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