Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Southern Maryland JobSource

Meet Anya

Workforce Challenge

Anya came to Southern Maryland JobSource in September, 2010 as an underemployed job seeker. At the time, she was working as a part-time Sitter for a local patient care agency. Prior to this, Anya's experience included working with children in a variety of capacities, to include childcare, after school programs, and summer camp. This eventually resulted in the fulfillment of one of her dreams - owning and operating a childcare business. Unfortunately, her business was impacted by the recent economic decline and was closed, leaving her unemployed.

Workforce Solution

Fortunately for Anya, the Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board (SMWIB), which is hosted through the Tri-County Council for Southern Maryland, was able to assist Anya in the fulfillment of another dream - becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant. Anya has always wanted to work in the healthcare arena and was fortunate to participate in one of the Contract Training programs offered through the SMWIB via Federal ARRA monies. One of our local medical facilities was in need of some CNAs and contracted with the SMWIB to take advantage of this program and Anya was 1 of 15 job seekers who were interviewed and selected by the local medical agency to participate.

Outcomes & Benefits

As a result of this service, Anya has successfully completed the training, taken her state board exam, has attained her CNA license from the State of Maryland, and has obtained full-time employment as a CNA. In addition to this success, Anya was chosen as the Valedictorian of her graduating CNA class. As she expressed her gratitude to all who were instrumental to her success, she reminded everyone: "Do not be afraid to dream as good dreams can turn to reality through self application."

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