Anna Trujillo was referred to West Michigan Works! after returning to Michigan from California in August 2017. Anna was worried about finding employment; she didn’t have a credential, interview clothing, transportation funds or a Michigan driver’s license and registration. She needed a way to support herself and her three children.

Anna was interested in a career in the health care field. Through West Michigan Works!, Anna received a scholarship to attend CNA (certified nurse aide) training, a high-demand occupation in West Michigan. Anna’s CNA training and exam as well as CPR and basic life support training were paid for. She also received support services including interview clothing and mileage reimbursement.

Anna excelled in all of her trainings and soon found employment with Thornapple Manor as a CNA. She is also attending Kellogg Community College, taking pre-requisite classes with hopes of starting the nursing program in January 2019. After she completes her first year of the program she will be eligible for a promotion as a licensed practical nurse. After her second year, promotion as a registered nurse.

“I fell into Michigan Works! at a time when my life was turning upside down. I had moved to Michigan with my three young children and no idea what I was going to do, except that I needed to find a job,” Anna said. “Michigan Works! didn’t help me find a job; they gave me the tools I needed to find a career. A career that I am passionate about, that I believe in and that is truly fulfilling. The employees built me up and gave me confidence in a dark time. I have a new future for myself and my children now.”

According to Anna’s Michigan Works! career coach, “You never know what life is going to throw at you and there are no guarantees. No matter what challenges come her way, Anna tackles them head on!”

See the West Michigan Works! Hot Jobs list for all of the high-demand jobs that are available to scholarships.

Ready for your own success story? Applications of interest for the Medical Assistant Registered Apprenticeship Program open Monday, May 21!