“I am grateful for all of the opportunities that Workforce Tulsa has given me. In addition, I have successfully graduated from the Women in Recovery Program. I look forward to what the future holds for me!”
Surrounded by state leaders, including the Governor’s Council on Workforce and Economic Development, Kaila Bloss, a Family & Children’s Services Women in Recovery (WIR) graduate, was honored by Oklahoma Works with a citation of recognition from Governor Fallin for her hard work and sacrifice to better her life through Workforce Tulsa.
Bloss, a 29-year old mother of three boys, was first referred to Workforce Tulsa through WIR – a public/private partnership that fuels economic development in Oklahoma by connecting businesses with job-ready talent. Workforce Tulsa’s Executive Director Shelley Cadamy said, “The return on investment on getting someone ready for work is substantial. They’re no longer dependent on social services, nor are their children, and they begin to contribute to the state’s tax base.”
Bloss said she was wrapped in “encouragement and guidance” from the Workforce Tulsa’s leadership team, who helped her grow professionally, believed in her and allowing her to cross-train between departments.
Prior to Bloss’s enrollment into the Workforce Tulsa Adult Program, she was working part-time as a server at Golden Corral and was in her second semester at Tulsa Community College for classes toward her Associates Degree in Business Administration. Bloss’s initial drive to enroll in the Adult Program was to gain work experience that would lead to self-sustainable employment since she was soon to graduate from WIR and step-out into the workforce again. She promptly began her 3-month work experience as an intake specialist, which allowed her to assume the roles of greeting and directing the flow of customers, providing valuable information regarding services, and completing the triage process for intake. Bloss’s dedication in this role proved in her favor by allowing her work experience contract to be extended for another 3-months.
Bloss not only completed each duty and responsibility with remarkable evaluations, but she began to voice her passion of working with young adults and was given the opportunity to cross-train with the Youth Program to gain more knowledge and experience. Through the process, Bloss was surprised that her work experience would ignite a passion for helping others and propel her into a career in the workforce industry.
Bloss recently accepted a full-time position with the Service Provider for Workforce Tulsa as an Interim Career Navigator for the Adult & Dislocated Worker Program.
Oklahoma Works is Oklahoma’s workforce development system and offers a comprehensive range of workforce development activities through statewide and local organizations. Available workforce development activities provided in local communities benefit job seekers including those who have become unemployed, young people, those entering the workforce for the first time, veterans, people with disabilities and others.
The system also benefits employers to connecting them to skilled workers. The workforce development system strives to improve the quality of the workforce, reduce welfare dependency, and improve the productivity and competitiveness of the nation. Oklahoma Works is a partnership of local workforce development boards, state agencies such as the Oklahoma Office of Workforce Development, the Oklahoma Employment Security Commission, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Rehabilitation Services, the Oklahoma Department of Career and Technology Education, local service providers, and other organizations.