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Workforce Success Story Submitted By:
Baltimore Mayor's Office of Employment Development

Meet Moona

Workforce Challenge

Moona immigrated to the United States from Nigeria in October 2017, seeking asylum after being forced into marriage. During her first year in the United States, Maureen faced many challenges. The process of filing for asylum takes many months and sometimes even years, and unable to earn an income in the interim, Maureen considered returning home to Nigeria.

Workforce Solution

Shortly after receiving work authorization, she learned about BACH’s apprenticeship program from Asylee Women Enterprise, a local nonprofit organization that houses and assists women who have sought asylum in the United States. She enrolled in BACH’s contextualized English as a Second Language class, where she learned how to navigate the process of applying to jobs in the U.S.

Outcomes & Benefits

After working with BACH’s Career Coach for resume assistance and interview preparation, she was selected as an Environmental Care Supervisor apprentice at Johns Hopkins Hospital. Maureen holds a Master’s Degree in Human Resource Management and has years of experience in sales and marketing in her home country. She is now able to draw on these skills in her new role. Currently, she is earning more than $16 an hour as an apprentice and has built up enough savings to move into her own apartment. When asked about her experience in her first four months as an apprentice, Maureen said, “The program has changed my life and still is. It’s taught me and still is teaching me a lot about myself, the people around me, and the environment where I've found myself. I see how much I've grown from the person I was and the person I am now thanks to my managers and colleagues. They encourage me grow, do better, mentor me, and are always leading me in the right direction.”

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