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Northeast Georgia Regional Commission

Meet Ray

Workforce Challenge

Ray came to the GED program at the Northeast Georgia Regional Commission (NEGRC) with very few goals. He seemed very reserved and had trouble making eye contact during conversations. He had been searching for employment without success, which had affected his self esteem. He needed to finish his GED in order to become more marketable; he also needed coaching to prepare him for interviewing and landing a job.

Workforce Solution

At NEGRC, the staff focused on helping Ray build a positive self image and learn to accept a "no" from a job interview without feeling negative. After some coaching, Ray had the opportunity to interview with the Department of Labor; he presented his first real smile afterward. Ray worked with the team to find employment that would be suitable for him and took the tests for his GED.

Outcomes & Benefits

Ray, now a GED graduate, found employment at Papa John’s where he has been employed for two months. Two weeks ago, he returned to the NEGRC office and informed the team that he was ready to try technical school. Ray has grown not only professionally but personally and is now on a more positive path.

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