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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Baltimore County Office of Workforce Development

Meet Evangelin

Workforce Challenge

Evangelin Redd had been working at a desk job at a health insurance company -- steady work, but no growth potential -- when she was laid off after 21 years. Suddenly, she was a dislocated worker. Divorced, 55 years old, with a mortgage to pay on her own, she was afraid she would lose her home. She had no income other than unemployment compensation and food stamps, and was desperately seeking employment when she heard about Baltimore County's Workforce Development Center (WDC).

Workforce Solution

Ms. Redd began with WDC's Career Path Strategies and Early Intervention seminar, which helped boost her self-esteem. Her WDC career consultant worked with her to explore career options and learn how to look for jobs. Ms. Redd's Nursing Assistant certification had expired, so she enrolled in GNA/CNA (geriatric/certified nursing assistant) training, with financial support from the Center. After finding a course suited to her learning style, Ms. Redd passed the certification exam.

Outcomes & Benefits

With her GNA/CNA certification in hand, Ms. Redd worked briefly in two nursing homes, but her dream was to start her own business. She pursued the paperwork necessary to start an assisted living business, acquiring her Medicaid provider number and her Certified Medications Technician license, and taking First Aid and CPR classes at the American Red Cross with WDC support. She has achieved her goal of caring for patients in her home.

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