Valeria dreamed of becoming a Medical Assistant. When she learned her assessment scores were not high enough to enter the Medical Assistant course through Sutter County Superintendent of school’s ROP program, her dreams were crushed. She spoke to a Business Workforce Special at the Sutter County One Stop after the assessment who referred her to Sutter County Adult Education to help increase her skill levels. Valeria was extremely motivated and began classes with Adult Education in the fall of 2017.
Despite some personal setback and family issues, Valeria worked hard and persevered. In December of 2018, her hard worked paid off. She increased her skills levels and was approved to start Medical Assistant training. However, Valeria lacked some of the financial means to start the program. Together with the Business Workforce Specialist from the Sutter County One Stop, they developed a plan. Valeria was placed on a paid work experience through the Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) in order to build her customer service skills and earn money to put toward her tuition costs. The WIOA program also assisted with the costs of books, uniforms and classroom training supplies. Valeria was finally able to start her Medical Assistant training in April of 2019 and loves it!