Success Story: Kassandra and Workforce Boulder County
April 6, 2018
Kassandra, a 20-year-old attending Front Range Community College pursuing an associate’s degree in psychology, was struggling with unemployment for six months. She and her boyfriend have two young children, and her family was living in a high-poverty area. Kassandra wanted to get into case management/human services and needed assistance gaining work experience with a limited work history.
Kassandra enrolled in the WIOA Youth Program and obtained a paid internship with Boulder County Housing and Human Services’ Healthy Communities program. She completed a six-month internship, working 26-30 hours/week earning $11.50/hour. At the end of the internship, it was extended an additional two months. Through her participation and work with Workforce Boulder County, Kassandra received exposure to her chosen career field, the opportunity to increase her skills, career counseling, transportation assistance, resume assistance, and interview preparation. She also received support from the GENESIS Program, the Family Self-Sufficiency program, and Colorado Works.
Kassandra had a very successful experience at her internship – receiving two Shining Star Rewards for her hard work. Before her internship ended, Kassandra applied for a position as an eligibility technician with Boulder County Housing and Human Services. She interviewed, was offered, and accepted a full-time, benefited position with a starting salary of $3,276/month. She started her position one week after her internship ended and is still employed with Boulder County today.