• Curtis

    When Curtis was laid off, he turned to the YWCA for help gaining new credentials and finding a new career path. Watch Video
    slider-image
  • Ihesha

    Earning close to minimum wage for all of her working life, Ihesha never thought she could do more. With help from our YW Jobs program, she landed a new job and has nearly doubled her income. Watch Video
    slider-image
  • Eritrea

    As a participant in the YWCA's Commercial Driver's License (CDL) Training Program, Eritrea gained new skills and navigated a changing job market with grace and tenacity. Watch Video
    slider-image
  • Takeysha

    Takeysha never expected to be homeless or raising her kids alone. The Transitional Housing Program and YW Works helped her to gain skills, recognize her potential and chart a course for a great future! Watch Video
    slider-image

Eritrea

Navigating a New Career Path

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 the 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.”

Watch Video

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