Meet Wanda Jefferson - Gardena

Workforce Challenge:

Wanda Jefferson turned to the South Bay One-Stop Center in June 2020 for career change assistance after her job loss as an in-home caregiver during the pandemic and faced with financial hardships from becoming homeless.

Meet Wanda Jefferson - Gardena

Workforce Solution:

Wanda decided to explore a new career in construction with the hope that pursuing a nontraditional occupation for women would lead to stable employment and sustainable wages. She enrolled in the Core Competencies Construction Course at Chabot Las Positas Community College.

Outcome and Benefits:

Wanda received a laptop and hotspot device to complete her coursework remotely through federal funding and specialized supportive services for individuals impacted by COVID job loss. She secured employment shortly after and was sponsored into the local Floor Covering Union 1247 – 433 via The MS Rouse as a 1st Tier Apprentice with an hourly wage of $24.14.

Ms. Jefferson remains employed, has secured housing, and grateful for the support received.