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Success Story: Eritrea

Laid off in 2011, Eritrea was frustrated by a difficult economy and the obstacles that stood in her way of finding another job. Interested in transportation management, Eritrea enrolled in the Class B Commercial Driver’s License (CDL) program at YWCA St. Paul.

After receiving her license, Eritrea set her sights on getting employed. “I had no experience in a field that’s dominated by men,” she said—but she eagerly began navigating her new career path by exploring job opportunities and networking with employers. Soon, her new credential led to new opportunities—including a job with the Minnesota Department of Transportation!

Today, Eritrea balances work with her studies pursuing a degree in transportation and logistics management. “[The YWCA] has opened so many doors for me,” she said. “I [learned] a lot of skills here that will help me…in the future.”

“[The YWCA] has opened so many doors for me.”

—Eritrea

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