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"I came to the Center for Workforce Development to speak with Employment and Training Specialists and find employment. They motivated me to use resources available and come to job fairs. I have more information and experience job searching now, and I have recently accepted a position at the Center for Discovery to support myself and my family. I am grateful for the Center for Workforce Development’s help!" 

-Julimar Gonzalez-Duran

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"The Center for Workforce Development was a big help to give me the push and drive which motivated me to find a job that I love. The computers in the resource room made job seeking accessible to me and the staff were very friendly. I would 120% recommend CWD's services."

-Nicholas Doolittle 

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 "I came to the Center for Workforce Development and they assisted me with a resume and job applications. They gave me the motivation to accomplish my goals. Through CWD, I am now gainfully employed in a position I love that works with my childcare needs. I told my sister to come get help, and would recommend anybody reach out for employment assistance." 

- Jacqueline Fountain 

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"The Center for Workforce Development helped me build my confidence and  showed me that with positivity anything is possible. Before working with Samantha, I did not believe in myself. It was a long journey but in the long run was well worth it. CWD assisted me with creating a resume and getting employment that I can see leading to a career." 

-Renae Curbelo 

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"I wouldn't have known where to look for employment if it wasn't for the Center for Workforce Development. I truly have to thank them for everything."

- Charisse Gillard


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Javier's Story


My Success Story by Chantel Baker

Hi, my name is Chantel Baker, and this is my success story. Now, I am not here to tell you only about my life failures but also here to tell you about my life accomplishments. In 2014, my oldest daughter, and myself, were homeless. We were placed in a shelter for homeless women with children and then I was introduced to the Center for Workforce; I was young and did not know much about what the Center for Workforce had to offer. I remember walking in the building and saying to myself, “I’m lost, and I don’t know where to begin”? The front desk receptionist pointed me in the right direction. That is when I met with the DOL Clerk, I must tell you this woman is extraordinary at what she does. She assisted me with creating my first resume,  Every day I would repeat the same daily routine, get up and walk to the Center for Workforce to learn something new. I had plans to become a nurse, and that is when she introduced me to an Employment Specialist at the Center for Workforce, one of the many extraordinary personnel that works for the center. She directed me to programs that could pay for me to go to school, and that is exactly what I did. By October 2014 I was well on my way to starting classes for my CNA (Certified Nursing Assistant) at BOCES in Monticello through the WIA Program. The WIA Program is a funded program that helps people that want to continue their education. In June of 2015, I graduated with my certification in nursing. The Center for Workforce Development not only assisted me on my career path but also saved my life. I developed new skills, earned a new certification to add to my resume, and made great friends along the way. Over the years I would stop by and say hello to everyone that made an impact in my life. I have guided my friends and family to The Center for Workforce Development to receive the help that is needed. It is now 2021, and I am expected to graduate from Sullivan County Community College in May 2021. I am also continuing my career in Sports Management at Mount Saint Mary College, to earn my master’s degree. If I had any advice to give someone as they walk through the doors of the Center for Workforce for the first time, “just go for it”. Your life starts with taking that first step to a successful career, as it did mine.

Chantel Baker in a graduation cap after graduation



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