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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Liberty Center Workforce Development Center

Meet Lydia...

Workforce Challenge

Lydia W. had been employed, but was seeking new employment. She disclosed that she was challenged with a criminal background and unable to secure employment with sustainable income and good benefits as a direct result. Although Lydia has an active Certified Medical Assistant (CMA) certification, she had not aggressively pursued healthcare positions as she felt her background would be a significant barrier to secure employment in the health field.

Workforce Solution

Kingdom Worship Center in Towson held a community event in June of 2014 and requested that the Mobile Career Center (MCC) participate. Ms. Wright visited the MCC at the event and began working with the Baltimore County Workforce Development Center in order to reach her employment goals. Résumé critiquing services were provided and the proper revisions made to create a more targeted résumé. Lydia's background issues were discussed and she was encouraged to apply for all positions in various sectors that were applicable to her skill set and experience. Lydia went on to attend Baltimore County’s Re-entry Information Session and continued to apprise us of her progress.

Outcomes & Benefits

Lydia W. received and accepted a full-time employment offer as a Certified Medical Assistant with Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center. She began working early in 2015 and along with continuing employment at Johns Hopkins Bayview Medical Center, she wants to pursue a Bachelor’s degree. Even though Ms. Wright was forthcoming in the interview regarding her background, she acknowledged benefit from the “ban the box” legislation that prevents the criminal background question from appearing on the application.

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