Courtney Vargas came to AFWD after losing her house and job in the Camp Fire. Courtney had worked at the Paradise Boys and Girls club as a Recreation Counselor for five years and was in desperate need of a new job. Courtney had been job searching for sustainable full-time employment within the Administrative field where she could learn new skills. She had applied for administrative work in Butte County, but due to her lack of experience, she was unsuccessful. An evaluation by an AFWD Career Adviser of Courtney’s existing skills, aptitude, and abilities confirmed that Courtney had the potential for success within this industry. Courtney was selected for an Internship with Butte College as an Administrative Assistant. This Internship helped her to gain the necessary skills within an administrative office setting. Upon completion of Courtney’s Internship, she was offered a full-time position as an Administrative Assistant with Dawson & Son Co., who had been teaching the Hazwoper classes at Butte College. Courtney is now working within her chosen field with a self-sustaining wage that will help her to get back on her feet thanks to the help received from AFWD.

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