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McHenry County Workforce Network


Meet Josh

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Workforce Challenge

Josh was a high school dropout with little work experience and a deficiency in basic skills. He had challenges at home and was also involved in the court system. He was unable to find a job. Josh decided getting his GED would be the best plan. He passed the entire GED on his first attempt, and was extremely proud of his efforts. He struggled with a career goal because he had always been told that he would not succeed. He decided on a CNA program since he enjoys working with and helping people.

Workforce Solution

Josh attended Work Readiness classes and learned how to overcome some of the obstacles in his life. He was determined to show up for work each day, and he planned to save his money to eventually move out on his own. Josh struggled with self-esteem and would frequently resist accepting help in developing his career plan because he wanted to be seen as independent. He tended not to trust people, especially those in authority. Through Career Exploration group events, he was able to solidify some peer relationships and feel part of the group. He also resolved all of his obligations to the court. Through three paid internships, Josh learned about workplace diversity, customer service, basic building maintenance, and clerical duties.

Outcomes & Benefits

Josh completed his CNA training in the summer of 2011. He applied for a position with Centegra Health System and was hired as a Patient Care Tech at Memorial Hospital. Josh commented that he appreciated how “cooperative and patient” the workforce network was to him. "Present and upcoming teens are lucky to have you," said Josh. "You provide more than your business; the way you reach out to people makes it an environment where even the most heart-broken feel comfortable and safe.”


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