HPOG Success Story: Shawna at Workforce Development Council of Seattle–King County

Publication Date: April 28, 2021

Seattle, WA

Health Workforce for the Future (HWF)

Keep the momentum

As a single mother of two, Shawna relocated her family from Michigan to Washington state in 2017. With help from nearby relatives, Shawna moved in with her aunt in search of a fresh start in a new city.

Shawna visited the Renton Community Service Office to begin the process of transferring her Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) and Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits from out of state. During the meeting with her TANF case manager, Shawna expressed her interest in dentistry and completing her high school degree. Shawna’s case manager knew the Health Workforce for the Future (HWF) Visit disclaimer page program run by the Workforce Development Council of Seattle - King County would be a perfect fit for her. HWF supports progress toward economic self-sufficiency for low-income residents of the Seattle-King County area by offering tuition for healthcare training and support services.

Shawna applied and was accepted to HWF in August 2017. Unfortunately, unexpected family matters back in Michigan delayed her initial start date by six months. Not deterred, Shawna re-enrolled into the HWF program for the Spring 2018 quarter and registered for the High School 21+ program at Renton Technical College (RTC). As a full-time student, Shawna focused all her attention on school and successfully earned her high school diploma in two semesters. Shawna kept the momentum going and began a dental assistant (DA) training at RTC in Fall 2018. Shawna received assistance from HWF and RTC’s Work First funding to cover tuition and required supplies for the program such as uniforms and dental models.

In December 2019, Shawna earned her dental assistant certificate, received her state DA license, and immediately found employment. She now works for Milestone Dental Group earning $19.00 an hour and no longer receives public assistance. She is very happy with her employer and enjoys practicing the skills she learned in her DA program. Shawna’s drive and determination has strengthened her work ethic and fortitude to accomplish her goals.

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