Meet Maria Elena

Story submitted by: Southeast Los Angeles County Workforce Investment Board

Workforce Challenge

In October, 2010, after Maria Elena was laid off from a clerical job in the government sector, she kept saying to herself, “Things happen for a reason and I know I will find something.” She qualified for unemployment benefits but she immediately began searching for a new job. She came to the SELACO WIB Career Center in Cerritos for assistance.

Workforce Solution

Almost daily, Maria Elena came to the Center to use the available resources. She attended computer classes to increase her office computing skills, and participated in all of the job search workshops, the Job Club and the STEPS (Steps to Economic and Personal Success) 3-day seminar.

The workshops gave her more confidence in her search. Seven months elapsed and her need to find a job was growing more urgent. She continued to come to the Center to review job boards and follow up on referrals and applications.

Outcomes & Benefits

Maria Elena eventually landed a job at Disneyland, where she had wanted to work for quite some time. Given the location, she could carpool to work with her husband and conserve gas, too.

Maria Elena has great respect for all of the staff members at SELACO WIB and holds a personal relationship with each and every one of them. “All of you make a great team, which made it that much easier for me to come in every morning. I am thankful to all the employees at SELACO WIB for all of their helpful knowledge and assistance.”

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