Meet our Career Development Trainer, Alana! Alana brings great experience as both a teacher and a former staffing agency recruiter, making her the perfect person to guide our career participants through classroom training in technical skills, job readiness and professional development.
Read the interview below to learn what countries Alana has visited and her favorite Denver restaurant!
What are your job responsibilities at Mi Casa?
I facilitate the Bilingual Bank Teller and Customer Service career training courses to help participants develop personal and professional skills that they will utilize throughout their career. Throughout the 6-week classroom training, participants go on tours, role play with each other, and create professional portfolios. My role is to be a support and guide for the students.
Where is your hometown?
Where have you traveled?
I have an incredible passion for travel, so I have been to a lot of places! I studied abroad during college in Argentina as well as Thailand and was fortunate enough to travel throughout those regions. While I taught English classes in Japan through the JET Program, I was able to travel throughout Japan as well as a couple places in China and Indonesia. Outside of those, I have been able to volunteer internationally in both the Dominican Republic and India.
Where else have you worked?
Before joining the Mi Casa family, I worked as a teacher in Okinawa, Japan. Most recently I was employed at a technical staffing firm in downtown Denver as an Account Director – selling our services to other companies in the Colorado area.
Describe yourself in 3 words.
Energetic, Enthusiastic, Motivated
What is your favorite restaurant in Denver?
I love Osteria Marco – they have amazing pizza and happy hour specials!
What are your hobbies/favorite pastimes?
I love to travel, read, and stay active by skiing during the winter and playing tennis during the summer.
Do you volunteer anywhere in the community?
Currently I help out with Breakthrough Kent Denver, a fabulous organization that offers tuition free, educational non-profit programs for Denver Public School middle schoolers.
In the past I have also volunteered with CASA, an incredible organization that enures children in the foster care system don’t get lost in the legal or social service systems and are placed in a permanent home.