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

Meet Yesenia

Workforce Challenge

Yesenia Menjivar’s story is an example AELS programs’ support and her personal success. Ms. Menjivar was born in LA, but moved to El Salvador as a one year old. In El Salvador she completed high school, but upon her return to the United States, her educational background in El Salvador was not accepted. During her time in Los Angeles, she completed 10th grade as an English as a Second Language (ESL) student. Yesenia then moved to Maryland, and due to her age, she was not permitted to enroll in the public school system. This was when she found Adult Basic Education (ABE) classes at a Maryland AELS program.

Workforce Solution

Although English is Yesenia’s second language, she knew that her goal was to obtain her high school diploma by way of taking the GED® exam, so she enrolled in multiple programs that provided a pathway toward that goal. She started in low level ABE classes as an ESL student and has progressed to be a passer of 3 sections of the GED® exam. In Yesenia’s words: “It was awesome! It was really nice! Teachers were always available to help us. The teachers were great!” Ms. Menjivar is also grateful for the transition counselors who gave her one-on-one guidance for her educational journey.

Outcomes & Benefits

Today Yesenia is employed and working on completing her fourth section of the GED® exam, so she can obtain her high school diploma and enroll in cosmetology school. As she looks back at her journey, thus far, she can see success along the way because of the support AELS programs have provided and will continue to provide.

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