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Workforce Services Division of Will County

Meet Dan

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Workforce Challenge

Dan Kemp was laid off from a railroad company after 12 years of employment as a dock worker. He found it difficult to find employment after the lay-off and was looking to acquire new skills that would qualify him for a new job.

Workforce Solution

Dan wanted to attend training that was both technical and hands-on. With funding assistance from WIA, he completed the Electrical Overhead Line Worker training program at Dawson Technical Institute. The training gave him the opportunity to brush up on his math skills, which was important to Dan since he learned that most employers were administering math tests prior to considering candidates for employment. He was able to test well at several promising companies.

Outcomes & Benefits

Dan was hired by ComEd/Exelon as a meter reader, the typical entry level position for the company. He is confident that he will be working on overhead lines in the near future as he works his way up in the company. Dan says that he would never have had the confidence and skills to obtain his new job without the help of the Workforce Services Division of Will County. He also would not have been able to pay for the training on his own. “I am grateful for the entire process; it made me feel proud of myself and has given me endless possibilities for my future.”

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