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CA Workforce Investment Board


Overcoming Barriers

Workforce Challenge

While on probation, a 23 year-old program participant discovered how difficult it is to find a stable job because of a criminal record. After several months of being rejected by employers, he enrolled in Taller San Jose’s Tech Construction Academy, where he acquired essential hands on training in the building trades.

Workforce Solution

During his training at Taller San Jose, he showed great interest in the Orange County Green Jobs program. He was co-enrolled into the Summer Youth Program to work for the City of Brea and began to attend the Vital Link trainings for Green Jobs for the City of Brea.
His worksite supervisor said, “This young guy is one of the hardest workers I have and he works harder than some of the permanent employees here!” Upon completion of training, he will be placed at Coast Keepers where he will utilize his skills in landscaping and irrigation.

Outcomes & Benefits

With the help of the Green Job Corp program, he will finally be able to find a stable job and looks forward to having a successful life for himself and his family. He is currently being considered for a job at Verengo, which has a wide range of green jobs and advancement opportunities.


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