Riddle Me This?

Posted: June 29, 2009 in Justice

Explain to me how telling a new welfare recipient in a welfare-to-work program that she has to skip her college summer school class tomorrow to attend an orientation on how to secure permanent employment someday helps anyone?

Here is my first piece of advice for someone trying to secure future permanent employment: DON’T SKIP YOUR COLLEGE CLASSES!!!

Sheesh, I’m a patient guy, but sometimes I think I should check into immigrating to Mars.

My new Armenian friend moved to the U.S. from Iran just over a year ago. She has a math degree and is trying to develop the credentials she needs here to teach in a community college setting. She had been waiting for over 2 1/2 hours when I met her. All in all, it took 5 hours to complete the entire process, only to find out at the end that she was supposed to be back at 8:30am for the job hunting orientation. Her summer school class is from 7:30am-10:30am Monday through Friday.

We fought with the DPSS folks for a while, only to learn that there is no way to do any of these orientations at any time other than 8:30am. The only thing we accomplished was getting it postponed for a couple of weeks in the hopes that her professor might be understanding with a little notice (she doubted it, but sometimes punting is the best option available).

In the meantime, I’ll just have to wonder if there is a rational answer to my riddle.

I’m not holding my breath.

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