Leimana, a wife and a mother, had been out of the labor force for more than nine years as she raised her family. After sending her children off to school, she made the decision to return to work. Eager to adapt and rejoin the workforce, Leimana walked into the Kauai American Job Center (AJC) hoping to find assistance.

After meeting with her case manager at the AJC, Leimana was enrolled in the WIOA Adult Program. She decided to take the Basic Office Skills Training course, a QuickBooks course, and other courses at Kauai Community College and the Office of Continuing Education. Her instructor motivated her to continue sharpening her skills, and Leimana refreshed her ability to complete work on the computer. After completing all required coursework, Leimana received four certificates and included them in her résumé.

Shortly thereafter, Leimana obtained full-time employment as a family service worker at a non-profit organization where she visits homes to support the needs of children. Her new job allows her to engage both her passions and her new skills.

“Just having that basic skill to start investing in myself again has made all the difference,” she said, noting that she is thankful for the WIOA Adult Program and the impact it made on her life.

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